|Pvt. Peter Genovese served with the 193rd Tank Battalion in Okinawa.|
Peter S. Genovese never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on March 18, 1919 in Rochester, New York. His parents Cosimo and Rosalia were both born in Italy. They came to America in 1903. His father worked as a tailor. He died in 1926. Peter had four older sisters and one older brother. By 1930 Peter and his widowed mother were living with his older brother who worked as a garage mechanic. Peter completed three years of high school. He got married to a woman named Pauline by 1943. I was not able to find her last name.
He was drafted into the army on May 19, 1944. He became a private in Company B, 193rd Tank Battalion. While the 193rd TB was in action in the Pacific earlier in the war, Pvt. Genovese joined his unit in time for its participation in the invasion of Okinawa, where it supported the 27th Infantry Division.
On April 20 the 165th Infantry Regiment of the 27th ID was assigned to attack the Japanese at the Gusukuma defenses. The Japanese were well prepared to defend this position with multiple criss-crossing fields of artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire supported by entrenched caves, tunnels and tombs. Daily loses were heavy but the Americans would not give up. Pvt. Genovese was killed on the final day of this part of the battle on April 27, 1945.
His grave is at Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Rochester, New York. I don't know what happened to his widow.
Last year on this date I profiled B-26 Donald Field and his brother Ernest, 36th Infantry Division. You can read about Donald here.
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