Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Italian Honor Roll- 1942 and 1943

Memorial Day is still a few months away but every day is the right day to honor our veterans.  The Italians of Omaha were well represented in the Armed Forces during World War II.  We discussed these two newspaper pages at our last Zoom meeting and spent a good deal of time looking for relatives who served during World War II.

The American Citizen was dubbed the official organ of the Italian Americans of Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs.  The Library of Congress offers the following notes about this newspaper:

  • -  Quarterly,
  • -  Began 1923 ; ceased Dec. 1985.
  • -  "A.C. Pini - Founder-Publisher, 1923-1957," Cf. pub. statement, 1971.
  • -  "An independent Italian language newspaper established in 1923 for Nebraska and W. Iowa," <1971-73>.
  • -  "La nostra modesta opera per tener viva la nostra lingua," <1971-73> ; trans." Our modest effort to keep our language alive."
  • -  Masthead ornament: Title emblazoned across the Statue of Liberty.
  • -  "Official organ of the "Order Sons of Italy in America" .
  • -  Available on microfilm (1938-1985) from Nebraska State Historical Society. [Also available at Omaha Public Library and on
  • -  English and Italian.
  • -  Description based on: 58th year, no. 9 (July 30, 1981); title from caption.
  • -  Latest issue consulted: (July 30, 1981).

See if you can find your surnames represented amongst the soldiers and sailors on these two lists. You may need to download the image to zoom in depending on the type of device you are using to view these images. On a PC, I recommend that you right click on the image and save it or open it in a new window.  This will allow you to see the image at its full size.

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