Dominick Cortese

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Army Badge
  • Name: Dominick Cortese
  • Location of Birth: Italy
  • Date of Birth: October 23, 1920
  • Date of Death: December 19, 2012
  • Parents: James Cortese & Mary (Donato) Cortese
  • High School and Class: 1939 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: STAFF SERGEANT
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date of Discharge: October 30, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Military Awards:
    European-African Middle East campaign Ribbon with three battle stars

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Dominick Cortese
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: October 23, 1920
    Birth Place: Italy
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 145
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Black
    Other characteristic: Scar on forehead
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Jim Cortese, Calumet, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - January 26, 1945 – Sgt. Dominick Cortese, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cortese, Calumet, sent word here that his squadron was one of the units of Maj. Gen. Paul L. Williams’ troop carrier forces awarded the Distinguished Unit badge for outstanding performance of duty in dropping paratroopers on Cherbourg peninsula in the opening of the western European offensive. The C-47 “skytrains” of Cortese’s unit, besides spearheading invasions with airborne troops and towing gliders into combat zones, evacuated wounded personnel and hauled vital war freight and mail to the warring fronts. Sergeant Cortese, a graduate of Greenway high school, Coleraine, has spent 19 months overseas and has seen service in Africa, Sicily and the European war theaters. He wears the European-African Middle East campaign ribbon with three battle stars.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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