I was made aware of this request – A Friend Asks For Cards To Make Veteran’s Birthday Special – War History Online: https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/a-friend-asks-for-cards-to-make-veterans-birthday-special.html by another blogger.
D-Day veteran Mr Vincent Corsini (ICo/116th/29ID) will be celebrating his 96th birthday this July 4th (coincidentally).
His wife, unfortunately, has been hospitalized since early January and due to COVID-19 he has been unable to properly visit her.
In addition to his wife being in the hospital, he has been living alone under quarantine these past few months. I would love to flood his mailbox with birthday cards and well wishes.
Originally from Kings New York, Mr Vincent Corsini joined the Army in 1943 and served as a member of I Company, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. As such he participated in every major action involving the 29th from D-Day to the Siegfried Line.
When abled, Vince was heavily involved with the 29th Infantry Division Association, returning to Normandy 3 times for the 25th, 50th and most recently the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
I was lucky enough to be able to send him back for the 75th. In addition, I was able to petition his congressman and the NARA to have his records updated to reflect awards he should’ve received 75 years ago. Vince is the last original surviving member of his company.
His updated awards are as follows. Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Victory Medal, EAME Campaign with 2 bronze star and Arrowhead device, French Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honour
For those of you that would like to wish this hero a Happy Birthday, please use the address below. Thanks in advance.
Mr Vincent Corsini
c/o Charles Kirkland
PO Box 1048
Fort Mill SC, 29716
Also listed on the 116th Infantry Regiment Facebook page among a few other places – https://www.facebook.com/pg/116thInfantryRegimentFoundationInc/posts/?ref=page_internal.