Got a Christmas card just the other day from John and Virginia Neggia. John Neggia served with my Dad in Company I, 304th Infantry Regiment, 76th Division – part of Patton’s 3rd Army.
They were both only 18 years old when they started training at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin in the summer of 1944 (now Fort McCoy). I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Neggia in 2004 at one of the 76th Division Reunions.
John And Virginia Neggia
2004 – 76th Division Reunion
And here’s a pic of the 1st Platoon of Company I which Private 1st Class John Neggia served in, led by 2nd Lt. Steve Galanes. Galanes is just to the left of the Company I flag.
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To the left of him is Pfc. John Neggia.
Mr. Neggia once told me the following story regarding this picture.
John Neggia and Pfc. Tobias Gutierrez (sitting to the right of Galanas) had no intention of sitting for this picture so they went and hid, but Lt. Galanes found them. Galanes then marched them over to have their pic taken with the Platoon – and had them sit on either side of him.
At 91, Mr. Neggia keeps active in part by sharing his remembrances of the War at memorial services and other gatherings saluting our Veterans. Here are just a few of the most recent.
World War II Veterans Look Back on the War
The Northern Virginian Daily – May 26, 2017
World War II Veterans Offer Lessons in History, Service and Courage
The Sun Community News – Elizabethtown, New York – March 14, 2017
Veterans Honored at Special Memorial Dedication
Interviewed by WDVM-TV – Video
Veterans reflect on World War II’s ending
The Northern Virginian Daily – May 22, 2015
And for more pics, videos and info on Company I, check out my web page: Company I