Southern Colorado soldier's WWII sacrifice remembered in Italy 80 years after his death

Apr 30, 2024 857

BY: James Bartolo

Memories of a southern Colorado soldier killed during World War II live on eight decades later in Montebuono — a Central Italian comune of about 1,000 residents. Cpl. Paul Horatio Valdez, 26, of Trinidad, was one of eight American soldiers killed by Nazis in a Montebuono monastery on April 13, 1944.

His family, who relocated to Pueblo a few years after Paul's death, traveled to Montebuono the weekend of April 13 to join residents in the annual remembrance of the fallen Americans. "The town had been celebrating them every year," Paul's grandniece Amber Valdez told the Chieftain. 

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