Private Vincenzo Vincent Fiore (pictured right) was born of Italian immigrant parents, Carmine and Josephine, on March 12, 1925 in New York City. Vincenzo was called “Jimmy” by his five sisters: Angie, Connie, Margie, Anna and Carmella (Babe) and two older brothers: Salvatore and Gennaro (Gerry). Jimmy’s father, Carmine, had a successful salvage business but when he died at the early age of 43 of pneumonia, leaving a wife with eight children to raise, their lives drastically changed from one of wealth to poverty.|
Jimmy was an adventurous boy and always lived on the edge. He grew up in a tough New York City environment where he learned to defend himself on the streets at an early age. But his mother realized that this environment was too dangerous for her family and so they moved to the Bronx, 169th Street and Prospect Avenue. But Jimmy missed living in NYC and had to adjust to this new way of life.
Early in 1942, at the young age of seventeen, Jimmy enlisted in the Army Air Corp at Fort Dix, New Jersey, as an aerial gunner. He later transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to become a paratrooper assigned to the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 507th PIR was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division for training in preparation for the D-Day invasion. They were camped in the area of Nottingham, England for several months before his C-47 transport left for Normandy, France.
Private Fiore jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944 from a C-47 tail number 42-92838 Squadron 303rd TCS in drop order number 5 of 17 men plus 4 crew members. He was killed in action on June 10, 1944 in St. Mere Eglise I at the age of nineteen during his regiment’s mission to land to the West of the Merderet River.
Jimmy was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation (French). He is survived by his three sisters Connie (age 89), Anna (age 79) and Babe (age 77) and his one older brother, Gerry (age 83), a Navy veteran of WWII who served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in the Admiralty Islands. The surviving siblings and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren remain a very close knit family to this day.
Pvt Fiore was initially buried in France but later was interred back home at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York.