Private 1st Class
Marie Sconza had little idea of the brutal combat her son, Anthony, saw in the war. Anthony, just 20, died in action during the Italian Campaign in 1944, after seeing some of the war’s fiercest and deadliest fighting. His mother’s ignorance to it was no accident; in letters to his brother, Joseph, who was serving in the Navy, Anthony detailed the gruesome offensive and asked Joseph to keep his family in the dark.
Anthony did not immediately enter the war at its outset, though he certainly contributed. A New Orleans native, he worked as a shipfitter at the Higgins Industrial Canal plant. He told his parents in a letter that he’d received word from the plant that his job awaited him when he returned home, something he never got to reclaim.
Anthony died September 18, 1944, in the battle of Torricella Hill. He is buried in New Orleans, and his casket name plate, along with his dog tags, are on display in The Italian Campaign Gallery, part of Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries.