James Marinelli was born on May 19th, 1921. His parents were Joseph and Flavia. His mother was the sister of Hero Tony Duca
, James mother immigrated from Italy with her parents. They lived in Downingtown. James was the oldest brother of three children. His brother, Dominic
is also one of our heroes.
James attended Downingtown High School. He worked at Downingtown Manufacturing Company. He was a member of the Alert and Minquas Fire Companies, St. Anthony’s Lodge and St. Joseph’s Church. James was known as a pleasant, quiet and reserved. James loved baseball and bowling, as was an avid hunter.
James received basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and advanced desert training in California. He then was sent overseas where he served in the 337th Infantry Regiment of the 85th Custer Division, of the Fifth Army in Northern Italy.