An Italian American Who Fought for Freedom, and Helped Save the World

Joe Sacco bid farewell to his immigrant parents, joined his fellow heroes and stormed the beaches at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

To Joe Sacco, the men of he 92nd Signal Battalion and to all our heroes who not only served their country, but saved the world. 

Joe Sacco, the only son of Italian immigrants, left his Alabama farm and landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion.

While serving in the 92nd Signal Battalion and Gen. George Patton’s famed Third Army, Sacco and his second family found themselves at the forefront of the Allied push through France and Germany.

Joe Sacco and his fellow troops invading German-occupied France (Omaha Beach) on June 6, 1944.

After more than a year of fighting, but still only 20 years old, he and his fellow troops reached the walls of Germany’s Dachau concentration camp.

They were among the first 250 American troops to liberate the camp, and it was there, surrounded by horror, where they fully grasped the significance of the Allied mission.

The Holocaust ended the minute he and his fellow soldiers entered the camp.

31,000 prisoners were killed within the Dachau concentration camp during World War II.

Jack Sacco — Joe’s son, and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author — recounts World War II through his father’s eyes and discusses what drove him to write about one of many brave Italian Americans who fought for freedom:

To learn more about Jack Sacco’s book, Where the Birds Never Sing, click here. 

Joe Sacco near Bamberg, Germany, 1945.


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