Shrine honors two local World War II armed forces veterans
March 8, 2018

Left to right: Denise Bartolotta, Esther Bartolatta (wife), and Philip Bartolotta, and Carl Liture and wife Nomra Liture at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii recently honored two men from the community for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.

Corporal Philip J. Bartolotta, 96, served in the Army Air Force as a military police officer. During his service in World War II he was stationed in Italy, England, and France. While with the military police, he was assigned to General Dwight D. Eisenhower when he traveled through the areas where Bartolotta was stationed.

Carl Liture, 92, served as machinist’s mate, 3rd class, in the Navy, 1944 to 1946, aboard the USS Shangri-La, which his crew commissioned in 1944. He also witnessed the treaty signing with Japan that ended the war, as the Shangri-La was moored next to the USS Missouri.

“We thank them for their service and for assisting us in continuing the mission of Mary: service to others and prayers for God’s peace in the hearts of one and all,” said Mary Shimandle, communications coordinator for the shrine. “With prayerful blessings, we wish them many more years of faith-filled life with their families.”

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