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JOSEPH R. CANANZEY


(courtesy of John Lopes)

Grave marker for Joseph R. Cananzey in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Taunton (Bristol), Massachusetts.

Joseph enlisted in the Army in Providence, RI; on November 4, 1942. When he volunteered for parachutist duty he was assigned to the 508th PIR at Camp Blanding, FL.  Once he reported in he was made a member of Company F. e remained in that Company throughout the war.

Pvt Cananzey jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  He was wounded three days later and evacuated to the 188th General Hospital in Cirencester (near Gloucester), England.

Later, promoted to Pfc, Joseph was wounded a second time during the Battle of The Bulge.

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