MONTISANO, ANTHONY J., Private First Class, # 20547589, U.S. Army


Anthony J. Montisano was born in 1921 in Summit Co., Ohio, to Onofrio Dominic Montisano (1882-1959) and Jenny (Jennie) (Ritravata) Montisano (1893-1984) (both born Italy) – naturalized). Siblings included John Montisano (1915-1983), Frank Charles Montisano (1917-2010), Rosie Montisano (1921-    ), Joseph Montisano (1923-    ), and Onofrio D. Montisano Jr. (1914-1992).


He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in Akron, Ohio, on 6 January 1941 and was activated. After enlisting, he was trained at the Quartermaster School, Ft. Lee, Virginia. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed into a mountainside. All aboard were killed. The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found β€œit crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-drafts. There were no survivors. An investigation by ground was requested. Fire consumed all but the wing tips and the tail. Adjutant Capt. Coy T. Sevier wrote that the transport approached due West following the valley into the field and began to climb but an engine failed. The pilot banked left sharply to his left. The left wing hit trees which caused the C-47 to swing and fall into the jungle. An observer noticed an engine burst on several seconds before the crash. A ground team reached the crash site but could do little because of intense heat from burning gas. No survivors were found. Eight bodies were found in the wreckage but were unidentifiable. The bodies were buried at the crash site and marked. After recovery from Burma, crew remains were buried (Box, Haut, Montisano, Phillips, and Rigney) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 8 November 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 195-196).