PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CHARLES RALPH SAPIO was born August 18, 1924 to John and Florence Sapio. The family was living in 1930 at 10 Watkins Avenue in Haddonfield NJ. John Sapio at that point was a bus driver for the Public Service transit company, he later opened up a popular bar and restaurant, Johnnie's Inn, at 400 Haddon Avenue, in Westmont NJ. Charles Sapio had graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School, where he was the class president in his senior year of 1943. A fine athlete, he played on the Haddonfield Memorial High School football team, was its Captain in 1942, and was an All-South Jersey and All-State tackle. He also starred in track in the javelin and discus events.
R. Sapio was inducted into the United Staes army on February 7, 1943 at
Camden NJ. Private
Sapio lost his life while serving with the 76th General Hospital,
located at Liege, Belgium on January 8, 1945. On December 17th, 1944 a
German V-1 rocket struck the hospital, killing and wounding many, and it
is highly likely that this event may have led to Private Sapio's
After the war, Charles Sapio was returned home. He now rests at Berlin Cemetery in Berlin NJ, next to his parents and an older brother, also named Charles R. Sapio.
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