The efforts of a Vermont Guardsman and his mom has brought a Watertown family together and recognized a local WWII vet who died in France in 1944.
Capt. Zachariah Fike came across a Purple Heart Medal belonging to Pvt Corrado Piccoli, a 1942 graduate of Watertown High School. His mom bought it in an antique store and Capt. Fike pledged to return it to the Piccoli family and today in an emotional ceremony the Piccoli family made Capt Fike a member of their family and the medals were presented to the Italian American Civic Association for permanent display.
It was of those ceremonies I was glad to be part of along with Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Tony Keating, who was keynote speaker.
Capt. Fike is a remarkable young man and soldier. It was a good day to enjoy being an American and a Watertown resident.
Watertown Daily Times The tale of a Purple Heart