Most of the information below was gleaned from War Department announcements that appeared in the Syracuse Herald-Journal. Some of the servicemen and women listed on these pages did not live in Solvay or the town of Geddes, but in neighborhoods associated more with the village than with the city of Syracuse where their homes were located. I've corrected what I believe were spelling errors, particularly in regard to names. I'm sure errors remain. To correct them or to add people inadvertently overlooked, contact me at the email address at the bottom of the page. — JACK MAJOR

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Pfc. Joseph J. Addabbo, 20, a member of a mechanized cavalry unit, has been missing in action in France since Sept. 5, according to word received by his parents from the War Department.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Addabbo of 1004 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay. He enlisted March 20, 1943 and trained at Camp Gordon, Georgia. He went overseas July 1 of this year. Before entering the service, Pfc. Addabbo attended Solvay High School and was employed at Frazer and Jones Company.

A brother, Frank (below), S2/C USNR, is training as an aviation radioman at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee. (10/1/44)

The War Department would soon acknowledge that Joseph J. Addabbo was dead..

Frank N. Addabbo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Addabbo, 1004 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, was recently awarded the Navy's air crewmen wings upon completion of flight combat training at the USN Air Station, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (8/18/45)

Frank N. Addabbo died in Syracuse in 2010. He was 84.

S.Sgt. Stanley J. Adydan, son of Charles Adydan, 406 Chemung Street, was killed in action in Germany, it was announced today by the War Department. Among the wounded was Pfc. Edward P. Bukowski, son of Mrs. Mary Bukowski of 930 Emerson Avenue. (4/2/45)

Chemung is one of those streets often identified as being in Solvay, though most of it is within the city limits of Syracuse. In any event, it always seemed it was more a part of the village. Teenagers in this area often attended Solvay High School.

Arduino Albanese, 324 Sixth Street, Solvay, was inducted into the Army on April 23, 1942, it was announced by Local (Draft) Board 471, Solvay. Notice of the honorable discharge of T/4 Arduino Albanese appeared in the newspaper on January 5, 1946. He died in 1976.

According to the 1930 United States census, Arduino Albanese was the son of Mary Sheldon and the stepson of Peter Sheldon, whose last name may originally have been Scheldone. Arduino Albanese had a sister, Celia, and a brother, Arnold Albanese (1915-1985), who also was in the service during World War 2.

John Anthony Alberti, 1223 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, today was inducted into the U. S. Army. He and the other inductees left for Fort Niagara this afternoon. (2/18/42)


Joseph Michael Alberti, storekeeper, third class, Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guido Alberti, 1223 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, has been wounded in action, according to the casualty list released by the U. S. Navy. (12/31/42)
Agnes E. Alberti of 1223 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, a member of the Waves, was graduated from the Naval Training School for Storekeepers at Indiana University May 1 with the highest mark in her class. She was graduated with the rank of storekeeper, third class. Her husband, Joseph M. Alberti (above), is a storekeeper, first class, in the Navy. (5/8/44)

Chief Petty Officer Joseph Alberti of Solvay was promoted to his present rank while on duty in the Southwest Pacific war zone. His wife, the former Agnes Rydelek, is a second class petty officer stationed for the past year at Oakland, California, with the Waves. She has just returned to duty after spending a leave with her sister, Mrs. Frank Maphey, 337 Pleasant Beach Road. (5/13/45)

Joseph Alberti retired in 1975 as a foreman and supervisor with New Process Gear. He also served as a Solvay village trustee and was a member of the Solvay-Geddes Veterans, Stanley Pennock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2093, the St. Cecilia's Holy Name Society and the Solvay Tigers. He died in 2000 at the age of 80. Solvay residents born in the first half of the 20th century tended to have unusual nicknames. Joseph Alberti, according to his obituary, was called "Yocky."

Agnes Rydelek Alberti moved to North Hampton, New Hampshire, after the death of her husband. The daughter of the late Alexander and Agnes Rydelek passed away in 2008 at the age of 85.

Thomas J. Alberti, 1223 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, was inducted into the Navy yesterday at the Syracuse Induction Station, New York State Armory. (8/10/43)
Syracuse Herald-Journal, October 17, 1944
Pvt. Peter Alberti of Solvay, stationed at Camp Livington, Louisiana, decided that anything can happen in the Army, especially on Friday the 13th, when his wife, the former Angie Schimonelli of Solvay, presented him with triplets.

Mrs. Alberti has been living in Louisiana, where her husband has been stationed for the last two years. She was employed in the personnel department of the Army post.

The children, two boys and a girl, are doing well, according to word received by the couple’s parents, who live in Solvay. Mr. and Mrs. Alberti have been married three years, during all of which time Pvt. Alberti has served in the Army.

Three other Alberti brothers are in service. Pfc. John Alberti is in a hospital in England recovering from wounds received in France; Seaman Joseph Alberti has been three years in the Pacific and received the Purple Heart for wounds received two years ago, and Third Class Cook Thomas Alberti, who joined the Navy in August, 1943, is serving somewhere in the Atlantic.

Tragically, the triplets died shortly after their birth. Peter Alberti died in 1968, but his wife, Angeline "Ginger" Schimonelli Albert, lived nearly 40 more years, passing away in January, 2007. She was survived by two sons, Peter Alberti of Camillus and Anthony Alberti of Solvay.
Anthony M. Albino, 333 Second Street, Solvay, was inducted into the Army yesterday at the Syracuse Induction Station, New York State Armory. (8/10/43)

According to a 1995 obituary for Mary Albino, a native of Solvay who moved to Ovid, New York in the 1940s, she was the sister of Anthony (above) and Michael (below) and also had another brother, John Albino who served in the Army Air Force in World War 2. He was a bank examiner for New York State until he retired in 1982. He died in 2006 at Albany (NY) Medical Center. He was 88.

Pfc. Michael A. Albino, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Albino, 333 Second Street, Solvay, was promoted to his present rank with the Fifth Army in Italy. (12/5/44)

Notice of his honorable discharge from Fort Dix, New Jersey, appeared in the newspaper November 24, 1945. Michael Albino died in 1999, at the age of 79. During the war he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. He worked as a foreman at Crucible Steel for 40 years before retiring.

Paul Albring, 108 Stanton Avenue, Solvay, who entered Coast Guard service at 18, has been transferred from Manhattan Beach to Rahway, New Jersey. (5/5/43)

Paul Albring died in 1994 at the age of 69. He lived for several years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, before moving back to the Syracuse area.

S 2/c Raymond Albring, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Albring, 108 Stanton Avenue, Solvay, is home on furlough from Pensacola, Florida. His brother, SOM 3/c Paul Albring, has been transferred to a PF boat. (5/21/45)


Lieut. William C. Albring, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Albring of 108 Stanton Road, Solvay, was killed yesterday in a plane crash in San Antonio, Texas. He was a student in the central instructors’ school at Randolph Field and was in a basic training plane when the crash occurred. His passenger was Second Lieut. Roger W. Armbrister, San Diego, who also was killed. (7/16/43)

Pvt. John P. Alfonsetti doesn't think being a soldier is enough to do for his country, so he is going to buy a $25 Defense Bond every two months and send it to his mother.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Alfonsetti of 1225 Milton Avenue, Solvay, have received a letter from their son, now stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He sent his mother a bond for her birthday and the information he would send another every two months.

Mrs. Alfonsetti went to the Onondaga County Savings Bank yesterday, taking Mrs. Laura Valerio of 2059 Milton Avenue, who bought $275 worth of Defense Bonds. Mrs. Valerio has a son who will enlist soon. (3/11/42)

After the war John P. Alfonsetti worked many years at Crucible Specialty Metals. After he retired he moved to Clinton, New York, where he died in 1996 at the age of 76, survived by a daughter, Joann Alfonsetti of Central Square; a sister, Julie Paro of Clay, and two brothers, Joseph of Memphis, New York,, and Charles of Baldwinsville.

Joseph C. Alfonsetti, brother of John (above), also was an Army veteran of World War 2. He died in February, 2010, in Fort Myers, Florida, at the age of 83. He retired from Allie Chemical in 1977 after 30 years of service.
Capt. Robert Allard, husband of Mrs. Anne Allard of 209 Sixth Street, Solvay, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in the European Theater of Operations for 32 months, was recently home on a 30-day furlough before reporting to go to the Pacific as a member of the Army of Occupation. He wears the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with five battle stars and an arrowhead. (8/21/45)
Pvt. Irma V. Alsheimer of 2905 West Genesee Street is serving with a Waac unit in the field. She was given this assignment on completion of her basic training at Fort Des Moines. (3/24/43)

The above address puts Irma V. Alsheimer in Westvale, oh-so-close to Solvay at the time of her service. She was 44 years old when she enlisted. I found mention of an Irma V. Alsheimer who served in the U. S. Army in World War 2 and died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in May, 1999 — at the age of 100.

Ferdinand P. Amellio, 213 Bailey Avenue, Solvay, was inducted today into the U. S. Navy. (3/2/44)

The U. S. Census for 1930 listed a Fred Amellio in Solvay; the Social Security Death Index says Fred Amellio died in 1986. So far I have found no other mention of him.

Howard S. Amody, 410 Hillside Avenue, Geddes, was inducted into the U. S. Navy in May, 1944. He returned to Syracuse and worked at Microwave Filter Company, retiring after 35 years. He died in 2002 at the age of 79.
Pvt. Mario Andries, son of Eugenio Andries, Solvay, spent a 10-day furlough at the residence of Mrs. Daria Furletti in Solvay. He completed his boot training with the Marines at Parris Island, South Carolina, and will continue training at Norfolk, Virginia. He entered Marine service January 23, 1943. (4//7/43)

Mrs. Daria Furletti had a son, Mario, who was killed in action in World War 2. The two Marios may not be the same, since Mario Andries (or Andresis) was a Marine, Mario Furletti was in the Army. And there was a Eugenio Andries (or Eugene Andresis) who lived in Solvay in 1940.

Carmen J. Angarano of Solvay died in 2007 at the age of 81. He was one of at least three brothers who served in the armed forces in World War II. Carmen J. Angarano later was a baker at Ross Bakery in Syracuse and worked for DeSpirito Lumber as a truck driver for 35 years.


John Angarano, who died in 1992 at the age of 65, left his native Solvay and moved to the Rochester area where he was owner of Jo-Mar Furniture. He was a Navy veteran of the war.

Corp. Nick Angarano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Angarano, 2011 Milton Avenue, Solvay, is stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He married Edith Horn of Louisville eight months ago, and has been in the Army two and one-half years. She is living with her parents in Louisville. (9/7/43)

George Angell, seaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Angell, 112 Center Street, Solvay, has returned to the naval base at Melville, Rhode Island, after spending Thanksvgiving with his parents. His brother, Alwyn Angell, second class electrician with the Navy, is expected home on leave soon. (12/5/42)

George E. Angell returned to Solvay and worked at Allied Chemical. He died in 2012 at the age of 89. (I saw a mention on Genealogy.com that Alwyn Angell resided to California.)

Carl Anthony, 1409 Milton Avenue, Solvay, was inducted into the Navy in September, 1943. He served in World War 2 as a seaman first class. Later he was an electrician for 22 years with General Electric and 14 years with R. E. Dietz. He moved to North Syracuse where he died in 2011 at the age of 86.


Pfc. Michael Anthony, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Anthony, 704 Cogswell Avenue, Solvay, has arrived safely at an overseas base. He enlisted September, 1942, after having been a baseball, football and basketball player at Solvay High School. He also played with the Brookfields’ softball team. (4/5/43)
Pfc. Martin J. Antonini, son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Antonini, 219 Caroline Avenue, Solvay, is serving on Luzon with the Air Signal Corps as radar operator. He entered the service in April, 1943. (7/26/45)
Fred Antonelli, 201 Caroline Avenue, Solvay, was drafted into Army. (12/9/41)

Angelo G. Armani Jr., 35, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Armani Sr., 109 First Street, Solvay, died yesterday morning in University Hospital after a long illness.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Armani received a medical discharge from the Army in March. He had served with the 1805th United, Eighth Service Command, for 15 months, stationed at Temple Field, Texas.

Mr. Armani was formerly employed at the Crucible Halcomb Steel Company as a zone foreman for 10 years. He was a communicant of Saint Cecilia's Church, Solvay, and a member of the Geddes Veterans of World War II.

Survivors are one sister, Miss Mary Armani of Solvay; four brothers, Barney, Lawrence, Flower and Attilio Armani, all of Solvay, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted from the home and in Saint Cecilia's Church. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. (12/9/45)

As I recall, in Solvay we rhymed Armani with "harmony," and we had plenty of practice. It didn't occur to me until recently that the name of the designer, whose name is pronounced ar-MAHN-ee, was spelled the same as so many Solvay residents who contributed so much to the village. I will make no attempt to establish relationships between the servicemen listed, though I believe eight different family units are represented.

There were at least a dozen Armani families in Solvay during the war. In a period of 14 months, starting in October, 1944, there were three particularly tragic deaths — Pfc. Henry N. Armini was killed in action, Angelo G. Armani died of illness that had led to his medical discharge, and Bert Armani, a 9th grade student at Solvay High School, died in an accident at home.


Fireman First Class Arnold W. Armani, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Armani, 584 State Fair Boulevard, has been graduated from the Naval Electrical School on the University of Minnesota campus. (3/1/44)

Arnold W. Armani of State Fair Boulevard was graduated from aviation electrician's mate school at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, and was rated aviation electrician's mate, third class. (7/5/44)

Arnold W. Armani died in 2012. He was 87. After World War 2 he became an electrician at General Electric, where he worked for 35 years. He was an outdoorsman who belonged to the Oneida Lake Association. He also was a longtime member of the Tyrol Club of Solvay and its Choraliers. Survivors included his wife, the former Betty Scaia; three daughters, Beverly Armani, Barbara Armani and Pat Tuori, and his two brothers, Robert and William. He is emtombed in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Warners.


Corp. Edward L. Armani, son of Giacinto Armani of 405 Woods Road, Solvay, has reported for a special course of instruction in the gunnery department of the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. (11/5/42)

Second Lt. Edward L. Armani, son of Giacinto and Amelia Armani, 405 Woods Road, Solvay, and husband of the former Rowen J. Giblin, 401 South Hamilton Street, Watertown, was commissioned in the Engineers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. (9/1/44)

Frank "Tweets" Armani also was an Army veteran of World War 2. The Solvay native returned to Central New York and worked for Allied Chemical Corporation 37 years before retiring. He died in 1992 at the age of 79. (I believe in the 1930 census his first name was listed as Tranquilo.)
Pfc. Henry N. Armani of the 337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division, was killed in action in Italy on October 9, 1944. He was the son of Giacinto and Amelia Armani of 405 Woods Road, Solvay. Henry Armani is buried in Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Toscana, Italy. His brother, Edward L. Armani (above), a second lieutenant in the Army, also was killed in action a few months later, in France.
Henry E. Armani, 317 Charles Avenue, Solvay, inducted into the Army yesterday at the Syracuse Induction Station, New York State Armory. (5/22/43)

Henry E. Armani retired in 1974 as an inspector after 30 years with General Motors. He was a member of the Solvay Tyrol Club, Stanley Pennock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2893 and the Westvale Golf Club. He died in 2000 at the age of 82.

Sgt. 1/c John C. Armani served in the Army for 20 years, retiring in 1963. The Solvay native died in 1992 at the age of 74, survived by two brothers, Chet of Westvale and Richard of Solvay; three sisters, Enis Capozza of Syracuse, Zena Miori of Westvale and Nilda Miltson of Detroit, Michigan.
Naval veteran of World War 2, Joseph W. Armani, died in 2006 at the age of 83. He was a Solvay native who worked at and retired from Allied Chemical (Solvay Process) in 1985. He spent his last years in Liverpool. Among his survivors were his wife of 52 years, the former Rose DeSiato, and three daughters, Luanne Christensen and Joyce Linnenbach, both of Baldwinsville, and Kathy Mogle of Liverpool.
Pvt. Serefino Armani was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, when his mother, Mrs. Cecelia Armani died in August, 1942. She also was survived by her husband, Paul Armani of 107 Franklin Avenue, Solvay; four other sons, Frank, Edward, August and Richard, and seven daughters, Mrs. Vincent Tropea of Syracuse, Mrs. John Ivaniszck and the Misses Mary, Adeline, Palmyra, Columbia and Barbara, all of Solvay. So it was written in her obituary in the Syracuse Herald-Journal (8/24/42).
Vincent Armani, 217 Lamont Avenue, Solvay, was inducted into the Army today. (3/16/42)

Announcement is received from Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Walter, 318 Hall Avenue, Solvay, of the engagement of their daughter, Miss Ruth E. Walter, to Corp. Anthony J. Ascioti, USAAC, son of Mr. and Mrs. Demetrio Ascioti, 1419 Milton Avenue. Both young people were graduated from Solvay High School. Corp. Ascioti has been in service for two and a half years. he is stationed at Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota. Miss Walter is employed by Solvay Process Company. (1/14/45)

Army Corp. Anthony J. Ascioti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Demetrio Ascioti, 1419 Milton Avenue, Solvay, married Miss Ruth Ann Walter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walter, 318 Hall Avenue, Solvay, on November 12 at Saint Cecilia’s Church. Bridesmaids were the Misses Beverly Walter, niece of the bride, and Rosina Asocioti, cousin of the bridegroom. Joseph P. Ascioti was best man. Ushers were Lt. John Piedmonte and Corp. Joseph Cavelli. (11/25/45)


Pfc. Demetrio Ascioti, 2239 Milton Avenue, Solvay, was discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey. (11/20/45)

Corp. Anthony J. Ascioti was the son of Demetrio Ascioti and Pfc. Demetrio Ascioti was the son of Antonio Ascioti, who had a meat shop of Milton Avenue where my family shopped for several years. Demetrio's younger brother, Dominick J. Ascioti, was my dentist during my high school years. Before setting up his practice, however, Dr. Dominick J. Ascioti became Capt. Dominick J. Ascioti for an Army tour in post-war Japan.



Pfc. Enito L. Aureli, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Florindo Auerli of 318 Charles Avenue, Solvay, has been seriously wounded in action in Germany, his parents have been informed.

Pfc. Angelo A. Aureli, 19, was reported missing in action in Germany since December 16, 1944.

S/Sgt. Roland J. Aureli, 31, was wounded on D-Day, was hospitalized in England for several months, and now has returned to duty in France.

Corp. Geno F. Aureli, 22, is with the Air Corps Engineers somewhere in Europe.

This is a short resume of the war history of the four Aureli brothers with the colors, while two sisters, Lola and Ida, and their father work in war plants at home. A brother, Joseph, 15, is still in school.

The Aureli family is thinking of nothing but getting the war won and the boys back home. Every day is letter day, and the girls and young Joseph keep a steady flow of letters going out to APO addresses. They still look for word that Angelo has rejoined his unit or is at least a prisoner of war. (2/27/45)

A week later the newspaper reported that Pfc. Angelo Aureli had been killed in action in Germany on December 16, 1944.

Enito Aureli survived his wounds and returned home.

Roland Aureli, nicknamed "Cake," died in 2000 at the age of 86. He served with the 4th Infanty Division in the Normandy invasion and when he return home he worked as a patrolman with Allied Chemical Corporation.

Geno Aureli died in 1980.

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