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Melio A. Allega


Published: Thursday, February 5, 2009 8:57 AM EST Melio A. Allega, 86, of Ambridge, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in the Sewickley Valley Hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1922, in Goriano Sicoli A'Quila, Italy, he was a son of the late Frank and Josephine Depanifilis Allega. He was retired from A.M. Byers and worked at the Beaver County Courthouse, where he was a construction supervisor, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Good Samaritan Church, Ambridge, American Legion and SOI Club. He was a former boxer and was also a POW in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was with the All American 82nd Airborne Division and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Vallese Allega; two sons, Ronald Allega, Lorain, Ohio, and Frank Allega, Rochester; a daughter, Anna Marie Allega, Ambridge; two grandchildren, Ronald Anthony Allega, Cleveland, Ohio, and Elyse Allega, Lorain, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Bucciarelli, Pittsburgh, and Armida Cifani, in Italy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Arthur and Angelo Allega, and a sister, Esther DeSantis.

Friends will be received today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the BOHN-MATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 1099 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, where a service will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m. in the Good Samaritan Church.

Entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

The Beaver County Special Unit will meet at 10:15 a.m. at the cemetery to provide full military honors.

Melio enlisted in the Army on 26 March 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA.

After completion of basic training and jump; school he was assigned to Company C, 50th PIR while the regiment was still at Camp Mackall, NC.

Melio was captured on D-Day and sat out the war as a POW.  He was liberated on 5/3/45 from Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13.

On 12 June 1945, Melio arrived in New York City Harbor aboard the USS Admiral W. S. Benson (see line 63).


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