Falini, Emidio Joseph, SM3c

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Signalman 3rd Class
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1944-1945, SM-0000, USS LCI(L)-974
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Home Town
West Chester, PA
Last Address
128 E Gay St
West Chester, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
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Pacific Ocean
World War II
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Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Emidio was born March 13, 1923.  His parents, Dominic Falini and Virginia Saponaro Falini, emigrated from Italy, and settled in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Emidio left high school his Senior year to join the Navy on September 10th 1943 to defend our Nation.  He was sent to Sampson, N.Y for basic training where he was rated third in his class.  He received instruction as a signalman and was sent to Solomon’s Branch Maryland for amphibious training.  He was sent to Corpus Christi, Panama, and San Diego where he trained with the Marines in amphibious operations.

Emidio was assigned to a Landing Craft Infantry vessel - LCI(M)-974 - which was sent to Hawaii, then on to New Guinea.

Signalman 3rd Class Emidio participated in amphibious operations notably at Leyte Island in the Philippines.  Leyte was the first Island in the Philippines to be retaken.  It is where General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore October 20, 1944 fulfilling his promise, to the joy of the Filipinos, announcing to the world “I have returned”.

The landings at Leyte evoked a Japanese response.  Japan put into effect their “Sho” (victory) Plan, and the resulting three pronged Naval attack intended to crush the amphibious forces, became the largest Naval Battle in history. LCI(L)-974 shot down an enemy plane during this battle, a remarkable feat for such a small ship.

Emidio’s ship participated in the landings on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945.  His ship pulled back from the shore  for the night. A Japanese Kaiten suicide boat snuck in under the cover of darkness, and hit LCI(M)-974 around 4 a.m. on January 10th, 1945. The tremendous detonation caused by the explosives in the suicide boat, and the mortar ammunition, as well as fuel on the LCI, caused the ship to sink in about six minutes.  The crew suffered heavy causalities,. Emidio was below deck and did not have a chance.

His family was notified of his death on March 29th.  Emidio’s brother Tullio who served as Gunners a Mate 1st Class in the Coast Guard was home on leave when they received the tragic news.  A memorial service was held in April.  A memorial for Emidio was placed at St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester.

Emidio’s family received a letter from his Commanding officer, Lieutenant jg (Junior Grade) Joe F. Brown, who was hospitalized as a result of the attack.

It is my saddest experience of the war to bring you this news.  Although it will, in no way compensate for your loss, I hope you may find some consolidation in knowing that Emidio was a fine young man who was held in the highest esteem by all his shipmates and officers.  He stood at his battle station with honor at all times, and I want you to know that his heroic sacrifice was made valiantly against common enemy, and that all of his shipmates and I, personally share your loss”.

SM3 Falini was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.


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