Paul Dewitt Bennett

Her journey began in Italy in 1944 during the landing at Anzio, the fights coming up in Cassino, here is wounded in the arm, he passes three months of convalescence in the military hospital in Naples.

After his recovery he was sent to Viareggio where American troops had been pushed together to address the crux of the Gothic Line, forces left in the Apennines.

PD said that the war in our mountains was terrible hunger and mud are the things I remember most insistently.

The localities that operated were Peria, Traversa, Monghidoro, then finally the armistice was signed, at the end of the war it reached Bologna.

From Bologna he moved to Milan then Como where depart for America.


Among the most vivid memories are explosions and detonations of mortars, the memory of some friends who died during the conflict, the warmth of the people met and the great hunger suffered by the people.

Their food was mainly bread with chestnuts and chestnut soup.

American soldiers often donated to the villagers not only cigarettes but also and above all their food rations.

Rare were the meetings with the partisans.

Remember once that, in the mountains around Bologna, he transported people and materials, in exchange for a German gun as a souvenir.

On the way back, after the war he moved to Texas where he worked as an electrician at the Jefferson Chemical Company, until they reach retirement in 1980. Married to Anna Rossi, had four children: three boys, Marshall, Paul, Charlie (who died in 1989) and one female, Luana.

Circumstances favorable and a daring sequence of coincidences, allowed members of the association Rover Joe to meet him and allow him to return to Italy on the occasion of the celebrations of the XXV April 2009.

"I've been a little bit in your story.
Today I relived my story."


Paul Bennett

..."I've been a little bit in your story. Today I relived my story."...

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