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Born: July 26, 1918
Died: July 7, 1944 - Killed in Action
Charles B. Durfee
Commendations: See details
- US Army
Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal.
Charles Durfee enlisted in the US Army’s 34th Infantry Division, 168th Infantry Regiment as a Private on 14 Apr 1943. He was killed in Action per WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing State of RI War Dept June 1946 and is buried in Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Florence 5201, Block D, Row 6, Grave 40. The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 70 acres. The wooded hills that frame its western perimeter rise several hundred feet. Between the two entrance buildings, a bridge leads to the burial area where the headstones of 4,401 of our military dead are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside. They represent 39 percent of the U.S. Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps. Most died in the fighting that occurred after the capture of Rome in June 1944. Included among them are casualties of the heavy fighting in the Apennines Mountains shortly before the war’s end. On May 2, 1945 the enemy troops in northern Italy surrendered.
Above the graves, on the topmost of three broad terraces, stands the memorial marked by a tall pylon surmounted by a large sculptured figure. The memorial has two open atria, or courts, joined by the Tablets of the Missing upon which are inscribed 1,409 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The atrium at the south end of the Tablets of the Missing serves as a forecourt to the chapel, which is decorated with marble and mosaic. The north atrium contains the marble operations maps recording the achievements of the American armed forces in this region.