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Ossuarium Memoriale

1949

 
 
Ossuarium Memoriale: L'Unione Italiana World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 23, 2011
1. Ossuarium Memoriale: L'Unione Italiana World War II Memorial
Inscription.
L'Unione Italiana
Left side:
Dedicates this War
Memorial to honor and
perpetuate the memory
of those members who
gave their life for their
country

Paul P. Longo
President

Right side:
Dedica questo
Memoriale per
onorare e perpetuare
la memoria dei
membri che diedero
la loro vita per
la patria.

Paul P. Longo
Presidente
North (front) face:
Emanuel, Tony C. 2nd. Lt. • June 19, 1919 • Aug. 15,1944
Guastella, Joe 2nd. Lt. • May 30, 1921 • Aug. 19, 1944
Guerriere, Cilio S. 1st. Lt. • Nov. 22, 1919 • Jan. 2, 1942
Italiano, Ignazio Sgt. • Dec. 8, 1916 • July 1, 1942
East face:
Boatwright, John W. Jr. PFC. • Aug. 20, 1925 • Nov. 4, 1944
Cusimano, Nelson L. PFC. • Feb. 11, 1917 • Sept. 3, 1944
Dominguez, Joe M. U.S.M.C. • July 8, 1921 • July 16, 1942
South face:
Lazzara, Joe PFC. • July 26, 1920 • Oct. 10, 1944
Ippolito, Frank PFC. • Mar. 1, 1931 • Apr. 24, 1951
West face:
Perrone, Gaetano F. T/Sgt. • June 2, 1913 • Dec. 31, 1944
Tagliarini, Peter Jr. PFC. • Dec. 2, 1915 • June 20, 1942
Tagliarino, Sam Pvt. • July 11, 1924 • July 23, 1944

 
Erected by L'Unione Italiana
Memorial's North Face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 18, 2011
2. Memorial's North Face
(The Italian Club).
 
Location. 27° 58.281′ N, 82° 25.871′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on North 26th Street north of East 22nd Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The memorial is located in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Tampa, inside La Unione Italiana Cemetery, a.k.a. Italian Club Cemetery, along the enclosed cemetery's southern border. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt. Nick Matassini (within shouting distance of this marker); Il Cimitero Dell’Unione Italiana (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florida Sentinel Bulletin (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Benedict the Moor School (approx. half a mile away); Our Lady of Perpetual Help (approx. 0.8 miles away); La Joven Francesa Bakery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Columbia Restaurant (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Rough Riders Rode By Here (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The Ossuarium Memoriale is also commonly known as "L'Unione Italiana WWII Memorial". The memorial is an open-air, octagonal structure supported by eight Tuscan order columns. Across the front entablature is
Memorial's East Face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 23, 2011
3. Memorial's East Face
inscribed "19 Ossuarium Memoriale 49". The roof appears to be copper and is topped by a cross. In the center stands a four-sided cenotaph upon which appear names, dates, and ceramic photos of some of the club's members who died in military service during World War II (and one member who served during the war but died afterward).

Despite the inscription of "Ossuarium" (english translation: "ossuary"), the memorial does not appear to contain actual remains. According to the club's cemetery registry, several of the men are buried in adjacent areas within the cemetery, while the remainder are not interred here.

Graves for other servicemen who died in WWII are found within the cemetery, but for reasons not apparent, their names do not appear on the WWII Memorial.
 
Regarding Ossuarium Memoriale. L'Unione Italiana of Tampa is still an active social and cultural organization, operating from their elaborate club building in city's Historic Ybor neighborhood, and they ensure the Italian Club Cemetery (including the WWII Memorial) stays well maintained. The cemetery gates are open daily between 8 am and 3 pm.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World II
 
Memorial's South Face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 23, 2011
4. Memorial's South Face
Memorial's West Face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 23, 2011
5. Memorial's West Face
Ossuarium Memoriale image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 23, 2011
6. Ossuarium Memoriale
Front entablature and cross
Ossuarium Memoriale image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 18, 2011
7. Ossuarium Memoriale
La Unione Italiana Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 18, 2011
8. La Unione Italiana Cemetery
Location of the war memorial
 
 
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