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July 26, 2013

Area veteran to receive France's highest honor


Delello was drafted into the army in 1942 when he was 22 years old, months after his marriage to his wife Jane.

“He went into enlist but they wouldn’t take him because he was married. Two weeks later they drafted him,” Pamela Delello said.

Delello and his wife were married for 62 years before she died in June 2003. They had two children, Pamela and their son Barry, who also lives in Florida.

“He kissed her for the first time at 14,” said Delello.

One of eight brothers, Delello was the only one sent over seas during the war. Delello was honorably discharged in 1945. His daughter said that he’s never talked about the war much, preferring to leave it in the past.

Before and after his military service, Delello worked in the tool room at Scintilla, the company that would later became Amphenol.

“He worked there 41 years and never missed a day of work,” said Pamela Delello.

“I’ve always wanted to but I haven’t,” said Delello, when asked whether he’d been back to France since the war’s end.

Should he be able to make it down, Delello will be presented with the Legion of Honor by a representative of the French government at the French Consulate in New York City on Nov. 8.

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