Survivor of Three “Wars”

Updated: Apr 11, 2018

Dominic Tartaglione was drafted in the Army in New York City in 1941. He took his basic training in New Jersey and was trained in recon to help determine where to put field hospitals close to the front line during combat. He was in the 3rd Army, 108th Evacuation Hospital in Europe under General George Patton. Dom told me that they “came under heavy fire numerous times”. He was unable to land on Utah Beach at Normandy on June 6, 1944 because his landing craft was stuck on a sand bar and “didn’t hit the beach until June 12. The 108th was involved in five of the major battles during WWII in the European Theatre. Dom was very resourceful during his time in the Army and was able to “procure” numerous items that would help make his job easier and/or faster while scouting out a possible site for a field hospital. This included a German BMW motorcycle which his buddies painted a star on to look like an American motorcycle! One of his “offbeat” orders was to help his Captain to disassemble unexploded hand grenades. They dug a hole 3 – 4 feet deep, laid flat on the ground, stretched out their arms so their hands were just over the hole and slowly took apart the hand grenades.

Dom got out of the Army in December of 1945 and returned to New York City. His first job was working in auto parts. Dom said he “met his future wife,