Written by Angelo R. Capobianco, Military Historian Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
On Sept. 12, 92 years ago, private Louis Capobianco was awarded the Army’s third highest honor – the Silver Star. He was awarded for the bravery he showed on that day, going forward under the barbed wire of enemy lines and single-handedly wiping out a machine gunner that held his company under siege. Despite his wounds, Private Capabianco returned to battle two weeks later and was killed in action after sustaining multiple head wounds. General O’Ryan of the 27th Division personally signed his commendation for the Silver Star.
Our thanks to American Legion Commander Vinny Martinez, steward of Vinny’s Island, for having a plaque in honor of Private Capobianco’s bravery placed there. Many members of Private Capobianco’s family were in attendance. Over 12 of Capobianco’s nephews and great nephews followed his patriotic duty, serving in the Pacific, the Korean and the Vietnam war. Four of them are named Louis in honor of this World War I hero.
Private Capobianco was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for his actions. The sign in his memory states: “Private Louis Capobianco, USA Army, World War I, Silver Star Honoree, killed in action in France, 1918.”
While at the traffic light on Brewster and School Streets, contemplate Private Capobianco’s love of his country.