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World War II veteran to be honored

11/05/2019 10:37AM ● By J. Chambless

On Saturday, Nov. 9, American Legion Post 491 in Kennett Square will be hosting a Veterans Day dinner at 7 p.m. in their newly renovated ballroom. All veterans are welcome. Tickets are $15. Call 610-444-9960.

As a part of the program, there will be honors for Artilio “Tillie” J. DiAndrea, Sr., for his many years of serving the post and community as an Army veteran of World War II who served under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge.

DiAndrea was inducted into the Army in 1943. He joined the 86th Blackhawk Division at Camp Livingston, La., serving in Company D heavy weapons. He was originally shipped out to St. Louis Obispo to train to fight in Japan. After the Battle of the Bulge, his orders were changed and he was assigned to the Third Army under General George S. Patton to battle in Cologne, Germany. His unit was the first full combat division to return from Europe. They landed in New York with joy and were given 30 days furlough before going to Japan. He was discharged in 1946.

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