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Louis Anthony Giamporcaro

July 23, 1922October 27, 2021
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Louis A. Giamporcaro passed away on October 27, 2021 with his wife of 75 years, Loredana, by his side. He was 99 years old.

Louis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 23, 1922. He spent his early years in Philadelphia and then moved to Hammonton, New Jersey where he grew up with three brothers and one sister. He was a good student and he liked to improve his skills. In high school, he attended a trade school, where he learned the rudiments of Morse code, and worked throughout his high school experience.

When Louis received notice by the draft board regarding his enlistment as a soldier in World War II, his work company wanted him deferred. However, Lou told his parents that he would willingly volunteer if the army needed him. He agreed to enlist in the US Army with the ambitious mindset that he wanted to “save the world.”

He was assigned to work in the communications department copying Morse code. As a result of his ability to copy much faster than average, he was transferred to Camp Crowder as Technician 5th class. He trained for three months for an Italian Speaking Communication Center working with all forms of communication: teletype, phone, radio, and photography. A part of the 63rd Signal Battalion (5th Army), his job was to act as a liaison between the American and Italian armies, should the Italian Army decide to switch sides. Although that never happened, he served in Oman, Africa and throughout Italy, sending and receiving messages to artillery units.

He met his wife, Loredana, while he was on tour in Italy and they married in 1946. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he and his wife lived in Vienna, Austria, eventually moving to the United States, where he began a career with the American Foreign Service as a Staff Officer.

He and his wife lived overseas for more than twenty years, living in France, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, and the U.S.S.R. before bringing his family back to the US to settle in Arlington, Virginia. From there, he continued his career with the Foreign Service until retirement, travelling over the world.

He is survived by his wife, Loredana; his children, David Giamporcaro (and wife, Jeanne); Marc Giamporcaro (and wife, Sarah); and four grandchildren, Christopher Giamporcaro, Elena Giamporcaro, Mario Giamporcaro, and Maria Giamporcaro.

He was athletic, excelling in all types of sports. He was dedicated to his country and his family, filled with determination and good humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Janine Finnell

November 2, 2021

As friends of David and Jeanne, we would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Lou Giamporcaro. While I (Janine) had not had the opportunity to meet Lou, I had heard about his experience in the war and their lives and travels abroad when David was growing up. The family photos in this memory book of Lou and his family are really lovely.

With caring thoughts,
Janine Finnell and Randy Lintz

catherine cochrane

November 1, 2021

Dear Louis I will always remember your gentle smile and your caring ways. it was always wonderful to see You and and Laurie at our Great falls meetings. Love Kay Cochrane

Patrice Gancie

October 31, 2021

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Patrice Gancie

October 31, 2021

We in the Gancie family are deeply saddened to hear of Louis’s death, but find some solace in knowing his beautiful family had him in their lives for so long. Our father Joe, one of his WWII army buddies, and my mother Ruth dearly loved their friends Lou and Lory. I met them again later in life during occasional lunches a few army pals still had at a favorite VA Italian restaurant. I’ll never forget that this lovely man held my hand throughout my father’s burial service and how he shared stories with Joe’s grandkids about the war. A couple of years ago, I toured Agrigento, and when the guide heard our dad was among the GIs who served in Sicily, he grabbed me in a tearful hug, declaring “Thank you to your father and all the American soldiers who saved us!” I thought then of Louis and everyone in dad’s unit whose names I’d heard all my life. He, our dad, and all of them were great patriots who deserved the gratitude of two countries. What an honor to have them in our families!

Patrice on behalf of the Gancie Family

Linda Beni

October 31, 2021

Our family was deeply saddened to hear Lou had passed away. He was an extended member of our family, my father met Lou during basic training in Camp Crowder, Missouri and remained lifelong friends. If you ever wanted to see my father smile, mention Luigi as my dad referred to him. The members of their basic training platoon were a close knit group comprised of Italian Americans all assigned to the Signal Corp. This occupational choice would serve them well since it would later lead to a career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State. Lou is my father’s oldest son’s godfather, those of you that are familiar with Italian culture know what a great honor that is to be chosen, another example of how my father cherished their friendship. We had the honor and privilege to know this wonderful man and family our whole lives. He was proud of his family, the country he served during WWII and his distinguished service to the U.S. Department of State, representing our country abroad. A book was written by Tom Brokaw referring to this generation as America’s greatest generation. You could not look at Lou and his army buddies and dispute this claim. Although he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, he was blessed to live 99 years to the fullest. To quote a famous Italian American from New Jersey, he did it my way. God bless,
Love from, the Beni Family.

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