|Angelo Canei was born August 20, 1922, at Haileyville, Oklahoma, the youngest child of Angelo and Julia Favero Canei.|
|The family later moved to Hancock County, West Virginia, where Angelo attended Weirton schools, graduating from Weir High School in 1941. While a student at Weir High, Angelo played football on the Red Riders team and enrolled in a welding class which qualified him for employment in the welding shop of Weirton Steel.|
||Angelo enlisted in the army on November 28, 1942, and received his training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, where he earned the rank of corporal. He was then assigned to Air Troop Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. There, in September 1943, he made his fifth and qualifying jump which gave him the right to wear the wings and boots of an Army Paratrooper.||
|After a three-day leave in December 1943, he was transferred to Fort Meade and went overseas in February 1944. He was a member of Company H, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.|
|Angelo participated in the D-Day invasion of France, the 501st assigned to parachute near Carenton in Normandy. He was reported missing on June 9, 1944; a later message from the War Department stated he died of wounds June 16, 1944.|
|Angelo was originally buried at a cemetery in Hiesville, near Carenton, in the area where he died. His remains were returned to the United States and on November 17, 1948, reinterred in St. Paulís Cemetery in Weirton.|
Angelo Canei is listed on a memorial honoring those employees of Weirton Steel who served in World War II.
West Virginia Archives and History welcomes any additional information that can be provided about these veterans, including photographs, family names, letters and other relevant personal history. For more information contact Constance Baston at (304) 558-0230.
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