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Joseph Pinto

Private First Class, U.S. Army

32958508

7th Infantry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: January 17, 1945
Buried at: Plot A Row 29 Grave 1
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOSEPH J. PINTO was born May 6, 1913. He had lived in Camden NJ with his wife Etta at 525 Berkeley Street. Inducted into the United States Army, he was assigned to the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, and was assigned to the same platoon as his brother in-law- Bert.

January of 1945, found the 3rd Infantry Division in defensive positions covering a sector 20 miles wide on the perimeter of the Colmar Pocket, south of the strategic city of Strasbourg. Snowshoes, skis, white snow suits, Goum mule teams, everything suitable for winter warfare, made its debut. Some sectors were so thinly held, a foot patrol required three hours to go from one platoon to another.

Private Joseph Pinto and his brother-in-law Bert were both wounded on the night of January 17, 1945. They were in separate foxholes. Before litter bearers could make there way to them so they could be evacuated, Bert could hear his brother-in-law through the night, then heard him no more. Private Pinto died of his wounds that night.


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