Italian family thanks soldier's Rock Hill family

May 06, 2014 1635

Gaetano and Caroline Simonelli were just children on a farm in Nazi-occupied Italy in 1943 when a fighter plane screamed across the sky and crashed within feet of their home.

The pilot was killed. The Simonelli family, devout Roman Catholics, buried him right there on the farm.

In a Rock Hill cemetery 71 years later an old man named Bobby Williams came up to Gaetano "Guy" Simonelli, now 81, and his sister, Caroline Simonelli Gonzalez, now 79.

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