Memorial Day: Joseph Civitano & Peter Marvulli/Marvilli


Joseph Civitano 

PVT 114 INF 44 DIV

DEC. 8, 1944

Purple Heart

Buried: Epinal American Cemetery, France

I have yet to identify who and how this Joseph Civitano connects to our family but the connection is there – back in the tangled branches of our tree from the province of Bari, Italy. While so many of our 1st and 2nd generations served our country, and continuing today, in preparing for a possible Memorial Day post, I located only one record for a life lost during WW11.

From the National Archives and Records Administration. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. 

Name: Joseph Civitano
Death Date: 8 Dec 1944
Cemetery: Epinal American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot A Row 28 Grave 55
Cemetery City: Epinal
Cemetery Country: France
War: World War II
Awards: Purple Heart
Title: Private
Rank: Private
Service: U.S. Army
Service ID: 12175601
Division: 114th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll

I have learned his father was Frank Civitano of 2310 Valentine Avenue, Bronx. I have been unable to locate a Frank in the 1940 census at this address. Looking back at the 1930 census, Bronx, I did find the family of Frank and Mary Civitano, with son Joseph (7), Antonette (6), Moneantonio  (5), and Leonora (2). The family was living at 1376 Ogden. Frank was working as a butcher on his own account. Could this be the family of Joseph? I will continue to research with the hope of identifying Joseph and his family. But for today:

Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice Joseph Civitano.

Thank you to his family and friends who knew him intimately.

May his memory be a blessing

*This is an addition to my original posting. Please take a look at the comment made by Donna below. She has solved the puzzle for me/us as to the connection of this ‘Frank Civitano’. His branch of the Civitano family descends off of my 4x great grandparents Francesco Civitano (1763- 1829) and Rosa Spano (1764 – 1824) both of Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy



Peter Marvulli (Marvilli)

Born 7 June 1923  Died 28 May 1944

Interned 10 Aug 1948

Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Section 9 Site 13377


Peter was my 1st c 2x removed. The son of John Marvulli and his 2nd wife Maria Fazio.

“The bodies of 117 Brooklynites were among the 4,842 World War II dead returned from temporary military cemeteries in Italy aboard the army transport Carroll Victory, which docked yesterday at the Brooklyn Army Base. Aaron L. Jacobs, chief clerk of the Surrogates Court, who delivered the principal address, told more than 400 relatives of the deceased servicemen present at the memorial service on Pier 3 that America “must be strong and prepared in order to preserve the freedom for which these soldiers fought and died.” The Brooklyn Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) . 07 Jul 1948, Wed . Page 7 


From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) . 30 Aug 1944, Wed . Page 13 Peter’s sister Mrs. Rose Alestro of 340 Stockton St is listed as his contact person. Alestro was a miss spelling as this was Rose Alesia wife of Nicholas Alesia.


Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice

Peter Marvulli/Marvilli

Thank you to his family and friends who knew him intimately

May his memory be a blessing


4 thoughts on “Memorial Day: Joseph Civitano & Peter Marvulli/Marvilli

  1. Hi Sharon,
    I just read your story regarding Joseph Civitano and I do remember my mother (Rose Romano Civitano) taking us to visit her Uncle Frank on Valentine Ave in the Bronx. I do remember the two sisters but not Joseph. I was born in 1942 so I was very young during the war. My maternal grandmother (Anna Civitano Romano) was Frank’s sister. That is all I know. It gets very complicated for me because my mom married a Civitano which of course was her mother’s maiden name. I hope this helps a bit.

    Donna Civitano Ditaranto

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    • Hello Donna ~ It most certainly does help and I appreciate you adding this information. I have our connection with it looks like our 4th great grandparent Francesco Civitano married to Rosa Spano abt 1803 in Grumo Appula. From this shared ancestor you follow son Giuseppe and I follow son Vito Luigi. It gets a bit confusing but you have solved the puzzle for me. This Frank on Valentine Ave, Bronx was related to your mother Rose not through her marriage to Vito (William) Civitano but actually through her mother Rose who was Anna ‘Civitano’ who married Giovanni Romano. Anna had a brother Francesco or Frank Civitano 🙂 and here we have our branch


  2. I also am confused like Luanne, but glad you were able to figure out the connection. Maybe a chart would help! (Or maybe I am just still too jet lagged from our trip!)


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