Alfio Bastiani

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NAME:
Alfio Bastiani
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
407619
HOME OF RECORD:
Chicago, IL
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Giudo & Cesarina Bastiani
DATE OF BIRTH:
9/20/1920
SERVICE DATES:
6/1942 – 10/30/1945
3/21/1951 – 12/5/1953
DATE OF DEATH:
6/16/1999
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
KWAJALEIN H&S/3/14 606 Private  
SAIPAN H&S/3/14 606 PFC  
TINIAN H&S/3/14 606 PFC  
IWO JIMA H&S/3/14 606 Corporal  
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart with Gold Star*
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Corporal (WWII)
Private (Korea)

Alfio Bastiani was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He worked as a busboy while attending high school, and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of twenty-one.

After training at MCRD San Diego and serving with Service Company, Camp Elliott, Private Bastiani was assigned to H&S Company, 14th Marines. He was given the position of antiaircraft machine gunner – crewing a heavy .50-caliber weapon to protect the artillery pieces of his regiment from air attacks. He participated in all four of the Fourth Marine Division’s combat landings, and rose to the rank of corporal shortly before the battle of Iwo Jima.

On July 23, 1945, Bastiani joined Company A, 24th Marines. His experience with antiaircraft MGs made him a natural choice to lead a machine gun squad; he was serving with the MG platoon when Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945. The following month, Bastiani received a commendation from the Fourth Marine Division, returned to Chicago, and was honorably discharged from the service.

Bastiani returned to the Marine Corps in 1951, and went to Korea with the 7th Marines. However, his second tour was not as successful as his first; Bastiani was thrown in the brig for an unknown offense, and was discharged in 1953 as a private.

He died in Chicago in 1999, and is buried in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plains, Illinois.

2 thoughts on “Alfio Bastiani

  1. I am Alfio Bastiani, only living child, Jeanette Bastiani-Zirngibl. I am very impressed with this, but my father had two purple hearts and I do have all his medals. He was a decorated Marine. I have his marine photo , Please let me know how to take care of this.

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