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    Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy return a birthday cake after 77 years [Image 4 of 13]

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy return a birthday cake after 77 years



    Photo by Laura Kreider 

    U.S. Army Garrison Italy

    VICENZA, Italy - Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy returned a birthday cake to Meri Mion April 28, 2022, 77 years after American troops fighting near Vicenza ate the cake made for her thirteenth birthday. Mion, 89, of Vicenza, was the guest of honor at the event, held together with Vicenza officials at Giardini Salvi, very close to where the 88th Infantry Division fought its way into the city on April 28, 1945.
    Sgt. Peter Wallis, of Seabeck, Washington, who recently won Installation Management Command – Europe Best Warrior contest, presented the cake to Mion, with Col. Matthew Gomlak, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Italy. Hundreds of people, to include Italian soldiers, carabinieri, U.S. veterans, Italian veterans, plus many local residents watched on. The sun was shining in Giardini Salvi during the brief ceremony, where Gomlak spoke of the combat that occurred on nearby Corso SS. Felice e Fortunato.



    Date Taken: 04.28.2022
    Date Posted: 04.28.2022 12:47
    Photo ID: 7165334
    VIRIN: 220428-A-LU220-658
    Resolution: 3696x2448
    Size: 1.51 MB
    Location: IT

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