Valerie DeFazio-Vacula | The Italian Campaign: The Forgotten War
On episode 25 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we have a conversation with Valerie DeFazio-Vacula, author of The Italian Campaign: The Forgotten War – a true-life account of the experiences of Pittsburgh WWII veteran, Albert DeFazio. Recorded March 19, 2016. Hosts: Kevin Farkas, Todd DePastino, with Bryan Chemini. Audiography: Kevin Farkas.
As school children, most Americans learned about Wold War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. But few people know much about the Italian Campaign during that war. Of all the western fronts in World War II, the Italian campaign cost the most lives.
One of its survivors, Albert DeFazio, didn’t like to talk about his experiences as an American soldier in World War II, but he was also concerned that so little was known about the suffering and death in Italy.
It took Albert decades to be able to describe his experiences in World War II – memories that still haunt him. Now, after seventy years, Albert DeFazio has told his story of the war he cannot forget.
The Italian Campaign: The Forgotten War is available through Barnes & Noble or by contacting the author at 412-704-7846.