‘B’ Company, 712th Tank Battalion, 90th Infantry Division
Plot D, Row 2, Grave 35
SSgt. Tullio Micaloni was born on April 9, 1913, in Oneida, Pa., the third of six children. His parents had immigrated from the Val di Cembra, an area of Northern Italy that at the time was part of Austria.
In 1936, at the age of 23, Micaloni joined the Army, grateful for permanent employment. He served with the 59thCoast Artillery in the Philippines and in January 1939 was he transferred to the 11thCavalry headquartered at The Presidio in Monterey, Calif.
On June 30, 1944 Micaloni’s battalion landed on French shores. The Sherman tanks threaded their way through the wreckage on Omaha Beach, the debris left over from the D-Day assault of June 6. July 3 marked the start of a nine-day encounter with German troops, for the seizure of Mont-Castre (Hill 122) and Le Plessis (Beaucoudray). Every component of the 712thTank Battalion was utilized to support various regiments of the 90th Infantry Division.
On July 26, during a battle to take the town of Périers, Micaloni’s tank struck a stack of land mines near the Ford of Hausley Quarry and exploded. Micaloni was killed at age 31. The town was liberated the following day. Micaloni is one of four 90thDivision GIs memorialized on a monument in Périers.
Micaloni is one of four 90th Division GIs memorialized on a monument in Périers.
Awards: Purple Heart
Tullio Micaloni is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot D, Row 2, Grave 35.