I am certain that my Grandmother’s heart was broken when her sixth son Arthur E. was killed during the invasion of Italy. He died May 20 1944. He is buried in The American Sicily-Rome Cemetery in Nettuno Italy. He was 23 years old when he died.
Arthur E. Yliniemi
My Paternal Grandmother is a Gold Star Mother.
This Gold Star Mother marker was not in place the last time I visited this cemetery two years ago.
There were letters. Letters that Arthur wrote home. They seem to have disappeared, I tried to watch for them the day of my Aunt’s auction sale…I hope they were not thrown away. I never understood her reluctance to share them… but some relatives share their photos and mementos easily…and others do not.
My Grandmother would see five of her twelve sons go off to war. All would return but one. I cannot imagine her sadness that Arthur was buried so far away.
I have a whole file of research on Arthur E. I tried to follow the troop movements and read first hand accounts of soldiers in the vicinity. I guess it doesn’t matter, he had no children…no one to pass on his story or his letters.
There are 10,484 soldiers buried at The American Sicily-Rome Cemetery in Italy.