Peter Belmonte

Peter L. Belmonte is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, author, and historian. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he holds a master’s degree in history from California State University, Stanislaus. He has published articles, book chapters, and reviews about immigration and military history. Pete has written several books: “Italian Americans in World War II” (Arcadia, 2001), “Days of Perfect Hell: The U.S. 26th Infantry Regiment in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, October-November, 1918” (Schiffer, 2015), “Calabrian-Americans in the US Military During World War I,” Multiple Volumes, and “Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America’s Immigrant Doughboy”s (with Alexander F. Barnes, Schiffer, 2018).

Army Corporal Anthony Cardamone

One of hundreds of thousands of Italian Americans who fought with valor during World War I, Anthony Cardamone left behind a precious legacy in the form of an account from the front. World War I was the first American war in which large numbers of Italian immigrants served in the armed forces. Although they were certainly present in U.S. military units in previous conflicts, the timing of their heaviest immigration — the 1890s, 1900s and 1910s — ensured there would be an ample supply of young men from Italy to fill places in the burgeoning United States Army in 1917. …

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