April 13 – Happy Birthday Ralph DiCaterino

photo-dicat2Ralph and Michalena DiCaterino had ten children, five daughters and five sons. The daughters all got married; one to a Pepe, another to an Ecobelli, another to  a Wright, another to a DiCarlo and another to a Viscusi. All the boys got married too, including Ralph Jr., who was born on this date in 1920. He had gotten a job at GE when the US entered WWII and settled on Albert Street with his young wife Mary and they gave birth to a daughter, Ann Marie. It would only be a matter of time before Ralph himself was called to serve his country. That happened in May of 1944, when he was ordered to report to basic training at Camp Dix, NJ and then infantry training at Camp Croft in South Carolina. He would then come home for a short leave, before shipping out with his unit to France on October 29th…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam soldier in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

3 thoughts on “April 13 – Happy Birthday Ralph DiCaterino

  1. Mike, Ralph did have a daughter, she was 2 yrs old when he died. Her name is Ann Marie Dicaterino. She is my sister, we had the same mother.

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