|Troops from 30th Division in Normandy the month Sgt Stratigos was killed.|
Michael P. Stratigos could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 17, 1917 in Illinois. His parents were both born in Greece and came to America in 1911. His father worked in a hotel and later as a waiter in a restaurant. Mike had one older brother and three older sisters. By 1940 he had completed two years of high school and was still living with his parents while working as a salesman.
Mike joined the army on November 12, 1940. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. The 30th Infantry Division landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day + 5.
Sgt. Stratigos died on July 16, 1944 while his regiment was engaged in the Normandy area. On that date his regiment was in reserve so it is likely that he was mortally injured in earlier combat. The regiment had been heavily shelled the day before he died.
|Position of 119th Regiment the week before Sgt Stratigos died shown at lower right.|
His remains were returned to be buried at Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois.
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