A conversation with three WWII Veterans!

May 18, 2024 259

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, the Italian American Veterans Museum (3800 Division St. - Stone Park, IL) will offer a rare glimpse into World War II through the eyes of three living Veterans who served in three different branches of the military on three different fronts. 

Carl Liture was a Navy Machinist Mate who served on the Shangri-La and witnessed the surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the Missouri. Sergeant Edward Malatesta battled his way through Italy and into France with the Army before mortar fire took him out of the war. Marie Sartor Pawelek was a Women’s Army Corps Medic who pioneered the use of music therapy at Walter Reed to treat patients suffering from PTSD.

Bringing nearly three centuries of life experience with them, these distinguished Veterans will converge on the museum for a lively discussion moderated by our knowledgeable and engaging curator, Steve Corbo. The event is held in collaboration with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and Onesti Entertainment. 

The Italian American Veterans Museum is located on the third floor of the Office Center at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park. The museum will be open for viewing at 1 p.m., with light refreshments served.  

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is extremely limited and RESERVATIONS ARE AN ABSOLUTE MUST. Call 708-338-0690 and leave your name, phone number and the number of people in your party. Directions will be provided via email.

SOURCE: Italian American Veterans Museum

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