Linquata, Romeo Theken dubbed significant Italian Americans in the state

Oct 11, 2020 131

BY: Taylor Ann Bradford

Two Gloucester residents have been recognized as significant Italian Americans in the state. The  Italian American Alliance has dubbed Michael Linquata and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken as two of 100 significant Italian Americans in Massachusetts. The Grafton-based alliance traditionally compiles the list every year to celebrate October as Italian Heritage Month. 

"Michael Linquata has a very long history of working with and for veterans, he has been a pillar of support for the fishing industry and supporter of business in the community," said Dr. Frank Mazzaglia, chairman of the alliance. Linquata, 94, served as an Army medic during World War II's Battle of the Bulge, advocates for veterans on a wide range of issues, and has long been the driving force behind Gloucester's World War II Memorial at Kent Circle. 

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