When WWII broke out, the Italians fought for America. This was how John Rotunda, our father and grandfather, respectively, always began the story of

Dec 05, 2016 473

by Christina Mildred Horn

When WWII broke out, the Italians fought for America. This was how John Rotunda, our father and grandfather, respectively, always began the story of our family s connection to the Rotunda Pool in Newark, New Jersey. All families have their tales of relatives, living and dead, that are passed through the generations as a way of creating a shared identity.

In our family, the story of the Rotunda Pool in Newark served not only as our connection to history, but as an important reminder to take pride in both our Italian and American heritages. Joseph Ralph Rotunda was the first soldier from Newark s Italian-American community to die in World War II. He subsequently had a city pool named for him by Michele Rotunda & Scott Rotunda Delaney.

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