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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  11:55:13  Show Profile
Angelo H. Deluca of Revere, Ma. passed away on December 28, 2010 at the age of 90.

Angelo was one of the first replacements of 358/A in mid-June,1944 and served with Company A into Occupation in 1945. Angelo received the Purple Heart along with the Silver Star for pulling a severely wounded Harold Choate from a burning building in Dillingen in Dec., 1944.

We became good telephone buddies over the years and I was priveledged to spend two days with Angelo and his extended family in late May when I was leaving Boston for Normandy, France and D-Day commemorations in June, 2010.

Rest in peace Angelo.

Norm Richards

Norm Richards, Assistant Historian 90th Division Asociation

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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  12:14:21  Show Profile

It's a bad new.

Rest in Peace Angelo. All my think are to his family and his friends.



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Posted - 06/04/2015 :  11:32:07  Show Profile
Awarded French Legion of Honor, owned DeLuca’s Market for more than 60 years

Angelo H. DeLuca, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on December 28. He was 91 years old.

Mr. DeLuca was born and raised in Revere and was a 1937 graduate of Revere High School. He entered the US Army in September of 1943 and served until October of 1945 when he was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Only recently did his family become aware of the magnitude of DeLuca’s valiant and magnanimous service to his country. Over 63 years ago, Sgt. DeLuca pulled Harold Choate, a private who served with the 90th Infantry Division in Europe, from a burning building in Paris after Choate was severely injured by shrapnel.

After 63 years, in the summer of 2009, Choate came to Revere from his home in Winston Salem, NC, to re-connect with DeLuca and to inform his family of what had happened during the war. It was a story that DeLuca never mentioned. Choate was especially thrilled to be able to visit with Mr. DeLuca’s sister, Theresa J. Crivello and her family and to share the details and the emotional impact of DeLuca’s selfless act. When Harold Choate made his memorable trip, he was able to complete and add details of the many outstanding acts of bravery and patriotism that DeLuca accomplished.

DeLuca was the recipient of the Purple Heart with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, representing three separate instances of injury during battle, the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He was recently awarded the “Legion of Honor” Medal by the French Government for service above and beyond, the single highest award given by France.

Upon returning from the service, Mr. DeLuca continued to work in the family business “DeLuca’s Market” on Beach Street in Revere. The store, which was opened by his father and mother, Thomas V. and Fannie (Fuccia) DeLuca in 1926, provided customers with the finest of meat products, especially their own hand made sausages. Customers came from all parts of the North and South Shore, Boston area communities and even from New Hampshire for their fine food products.

After the death of their mother in 1979, Angelo DeLuca and his sister, Theresa, continued to operate the business which finally closed this year. During the depression and the subsequent war years, the store on Beach Street was a Godsend for many of the struggling neighborhood families who still remember with impassioned gratitude the generosities and charity of the DeLuca Family.

Angelo was a beacon of strength, dignity and humility. He always brought a smile to everyone’s heart with his wit and humor. He was the son of the late Thomas V. and Fannie (Puccia) DeLuca; cherished brother of Theresa J. Crivello and her husband, Vincent Sr., of Revere and the late Ralph DeLuca; devoted companion of the late Ruth A. Powers; beloved uncle of Vincent Crivello Jr. and his wife, Marie E., of Revere, Janet M. Pletcher and her husband, Stephen D., of Prides Crossing, Marilyn J. Kobus and her husband, Anton H., of Manchester, MA, Stephanie Melchionno and her husband, Victor, of Exeter, NH, Ann Marie Colotti and her husband, Harold, of Nashua, NH, Patricia Celantano and her husband, John, of Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in- law, Angela DeLuca of Exeter, NH, many grandnieces and grandnephews and also by the Michael Kuntupis Family of Swampscott and the North Shore.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.
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