MILWAUKEE — A World War II veteran’s remains were identified and are finally home.
Pfc. Vincent Ferrara was last seen 75 years ago. Wednesday morning, he was given a proper funeral and burial service surrounded by family.
Ferrara was killed and considered missing in action on Nov. 14, 1944, when he was 19 years old. On Wednesday, he came home and was interred with full military honors.
His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat-Infantryman Badge and Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II. His nephew, James Wojtech, was the force behind bringing this together.
“It’s kind of a finish, coming home. In fact, on his tombstone they let us put one little statement on there, and I put down home at last.” — James Wojtech, nephew of World War II veteran Pfc. Vincent Ferrara
“It’s kind of a finish, coming home. In fact, on his tombstone they let us put one little statement on there, and I put down home at last,” Wojtech said.
Wojtech was a 1-year-old when his uncle was last alive. He’s held on to the last letter his uncle sent his mother. In the letter, Ferrara asks about “little Jimmy.”
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of World War II.