I am looking for Francesco Di/De Vita/Vida/Viti. He was an Italian POW at Mount Rainier Ordinance Center Ft Lewis in Washington State, USA. He went back to Sicily between 1944-1946. He may have been a Sargent Major and his family owned a winery. He may have been about 32 years of age in 1944. DNA tests show Abrizzo, Italy or Ennes, Sicily ancestry.
Update on my grandfather, Francesco De Vita. He was a Captain in the Italian Special Units and a POW at the Mount Rainer Ordinance Depot, a fiction writer and a referential collaborator, and he owned a winery in Sicily. He was most likely from Ennes, Sicily. His birth year may be between 1904-1924. That would put him about 20-40 years of age when he was POW during WWII. He did return to Sicily and was last heard from after 1965. I am looking for conscription records into the Italian army. Also, I am wondering if the Sicilian authors would have put personal information and pictures on their books. Any help is appreciated. I still need a lookup in the Civil Registration Records.
Could this be your Name:Francesco De Vita Arrival Date:7 Dec 1934 Port of Arrival:Blaine, Washington, USA Residence Place:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Residence Country:Canada Age:39 Birth Date:abt 1895 Birth Place:Bagnoli del Trigno Campobasso Italy Birth Country:Italy Gender:Male Race/Nationality:So Italian (Italian) Record Type:Cards
Thank you for the posts. We have narrowed it down to 6 possibilities. I don't know if Francesco ever came back. Immigration quotas were strict for Italians back then. He may have been from Vita, Sicily. My grandmother was 29, and my uncle thinks Frank was about 35, but is uncertain.
From NARA his POW# was 9WI-342, Rank: Corporal; Service Code: Field Artillary; Service Command: 900076; Org: 6 (Possibly Louisianna); Station:9784
We have in Marsala (TP) FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON July 24, 1905; FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON June 21, 1913 FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON July 4, 1914 FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON September 17, 1914
WE HAVE IN Trapani (City) FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON January 5, 1913 FRANCESCO DE VITA BORN ON October 12, 1908
Francesco De Vita's birthday is January 29, 1918, Marsala, Trapini, Sicily, Italy I have his military record now.
His parents were Antonino De Vita and Leonarda Indelicato, both were born in Marsala, Trapini, Sicily, Italy Can someone get a birth and death date for them and for their parents? Thank you!
Residence: Ragatissi PV, Trapini, Italy. As of March 30, 1943, his mother was listed in his military record as being a dependent so I assume his father was dead. He was captured in Tunisia and sent to Florence, AZ, Camp Cooke, CA, and Mount Rainier Ordinance Depot in Tacoma, Wa. He was repatriated in 1945.