Scarpelli Brothers - Sam, S/Sgt. - Frank Jr. Cpl. - Joseph G., S/Sgt. - Tony, T/Sgt., World War II
S/Sgt. Sam Scarpelli entered the armed forces on April 15, 1942, and was discharged in November, 1945. Sam served with the Army Postal unit in England, Belgium and France. (UPCCEM, June 1946)
Cpl. Frank Scarpelli, Jr. began his service with the United States Army on January 10, 1943, serving as Assistant Squad Leader for the 240th Engineers in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of War. Frank was discharged on January 24, 1946.
Sam, Ralph, Tony, Joe and Frank are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scarpelli, Sr., of Hanna. (UPCCEM, June 1946)
S/Sgt. Joe Scarpelli entered the service on January 23, 1942, and was assigned to the 13th Air Depot Group, ACFT Engineer Tech. 925, which served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. Joe received his discharge on January 1, 1946. (UPCCEM, June 1946)
Sgt. Ralph Scarpelli entered the service on August 28, 1943, and received his discharge on March 23, 1946. Ralph served with the 9th Armored Division in the European Theatre of War. (UPCCEM, June 1946)
Scarpeiil Family In the Military
Staff Sgt. Sam Scarpelli, one of the five Scarpelli brothers now in the service, is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Scarpelli, of Hanna, who have reared eleven children—five girls and six boys—all graduates of the Hanna High School. Mr. Scarpelli is a Watchman on the Hanna General Outside.
Sam is now in France with an Army Postal Unit, having left England, where he was stationed since October, 1943, soon after D-Day.
Before entering the Army two years ago, Sam was an employee of the Railway Postal Service, spending the greater part of his time in Denver.
Corporal Frank Scarpelli, Jr., is a construction engineer in a combat engineers’ battalion in New Guinea, where he has been serving since January of this year. Prior to enlisting in the service in January, 1943, Frank worked for our Company at the General Outside, Hanna Mine.
Staff Sgt. Joseph G. Scarpelli is attached to the Ground and Repair Group of the Air Corps in New Caledonia, South Pacific, where he has been for two years. Although Joe has been in the service for three years, he never has been home on furlough. Before the war, he was employed by the Hanna Water Works.
Tech. Sgt. Tony Scarpelli, who seems to have out-traveled his brothers by a considerable margin, entered the army in September, 1941, serving first with the Coast Artillery at Camp Callan, California. After transferring to the Air Corps, he went to North Africa in 1942, playing a part in the Tunisian campaign. He then was ordered to India, but soon returned to the Mediterranean Theater, this time participating in the Sicilian campaign, during which he was awarded the Air Medal. Now in Italy, Tony is a mechanic on a troop-carrying transport plane.
On August 19th, a staff sergeant by the name of Raymond Turnes, who was with Tony in North Africa and Sicily, stopped off at Hanna to say Hello to the Scarpelli family and to bring them up to date on the wanderings of their son, Tony. And how the Scarpellis did enjoy this visit from Sgt. Turnes.
When he attended Hanna High School, Tony was All-State in basketball and his exploits on the football field are still remembered. Before entering the service, he was a Machinist at the Hanna Shops.
Ralph Scarpelli, whose picture is not available at this time, entered the service on August 28th. Before going into the Army, Ralph was in defense work at Hill Field, Ogden, and prior to that he was an electrician at the Hanna Mine.
Mrs. Sue A Klobas, one of the five Scarpelli daughters, is a teacher in the fifth and sixth grades at the Washington School, Rock Springs. (UPCCEM, October 1944)