2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In tribute to that generation of Americans who fought in that terrible struggle and saved the world, the Hicksville Archives at the Hicksville Library will, over the next several months, tell of those from Hicksville who did not come home. They were your neighbors.
On February 29, 1944, General Douglas Macarthur, needing a location for a forward fleet base as part of the march to Tokyo, ordered the occupation of the Admiralty Islands 200 miles north east of New Guinea. The Admiralties were believed to be unoccupied. They were not.
He was awarded a Silver Star.
In Italy, the Wehrmacht had effectively blocked the American advance from Monte Cassino to Anzio. It was decided that taking the town of Santa Maria Infante would break the German line and clear the way to Rome. It was decided that 351 Infantry would attack and take Santa Maria Infante on May 11, 1944. The successful battle for Santa Maria Infante was decided by May 14th.