John "Plunky" James Fragnito

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  • Name: John "Plunky" James Fragnito
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 4, 1914
  • Date of Death: June 4, 1983 (68 years old)
  • Parents: Cosmo and Marie Fragnito
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States Army Air Corp
  • Date Sworn In: October 18, 1940 (Registration Date)
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: October 19, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information from World War II Draft Registration Cards for Minnesota, October 16, 1940 - March 31, 1947:
    State Headquarters: Minnesota
    Full Name: John James Fragnito
    Birth Date: July 4, 1914
    Birth Place: Nashwauk, Minnesota, USA
    Race: White
    Occupation: Nashwauk Motor Sales
    Weight: 170
    Height: 5' 10"
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Contact Person: Cosimo Fragnito
    Relation to Head: Father
    Year: 1940
    Residence: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota
    Residence Country: USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Conflict Period: World War II
    Served for: United States of America

    James was deployed to Normandy, France.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    John was married to Minnie (Chellico) Fragnito while he was home on furlough between Army Air Corps mechanic schools in 1941.

    When Plunky returned from his military service, they bought a filling station/auto repair store in Pengilly, Minnesota. Minnie and Plunky lived in Pengilly until 1960, when they moved to Missoula, Montana.

    They bought and ran a neighborhood store for years in Missoula.

    Plunky is survived by his wife, Minnie; son, James Cosmo; daughter, Mary Josephina (Richard) Fragnito-Lira; son, James (Gay); daughter-in-law, Sherry Fragnito; and son, Joseph Daniel (Loraine); and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    He is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens at Missoula, Montana.

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