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Six Shinnston brothers returned from World War II

Photo submitted to Times-West Virginian Six brothers from Shinnston served in World War II, and all returned home. The six brother were Sam, John, Frank, Anthony “Tony,” Jack and Joseph Romeo.
Photo submitted to Times-West Virginian
Six brothers from Shinnston served in World War II, and all returned home. The six brother were Sam, John, Frank, Anthony “Tony,” Jack and Joseph Romeo.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Every family has a history that has affected their lives and has made their family what it is.

For the Romeo family, one part of the family history holds a not-so-common occurrence.

In one generation of the Romeo family, during Word War II, six of Joseph and Catherine Romeo’s seven sons enlisted and served during the war. The remarkable thing is, all six returned home from serving in WWII.

Sam, John, Frank, Anthony or “Tony,” Jack and Joe left Shinnston to serve their country in WWII.

Rachel Romeo, Tony’s granddaughter, said the youngest of the seven brothers, Tom, enlisted but never served. Rachel said she believes the six brothers were in their 20s when they served in WWII.

Rachel said her grandfather, Tony, started his service in Africa and ended in Germany. During that time, she said he suffered from malaria twice and was wounded.

“He was a little guy, so he was a spotter,” Rachel said. “Meaning he went ahead to spot the enemy so they would know where to fire artillery.”

Rachel added that Tony’s brother Sam was in the Battle of the Bulge…

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