|Private Parisi was a medic on Saipan like this corpsman treating an injured soldier.|
Carmelo Parisi could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 22, 1917 in New York. His parents were both born in Italy. At the time of the 1920's census, Carmelo was not living with his parents, so it is possible he was an orphan. He was living with dozens and dozens of other young boys age 13 or younger, including a Charles Parisi who could have been his brother. Ten years later the census showed he was living at the Boys Home Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, Mt. Loretto Institution.
Carmelo Parisi became a private and served as in the Medical Department, which meant he would have been trained as a medic. Pvt. Parisi was assigned to the 27th Infantry Division which arrived on Saipan on D-day plus 1. Due to the nature of their work, hundreds of medical corpsmen became casualties during the Battle of Saipan. Pvt. Parisi died on July 9, 1944, two days after a major Japanese banzai attack overran elements of the division and the last official date of the battle.
His remains were returned to be buried at Long Island National Cemetery.
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