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Bridge renamed for military hero

Nanty Glo’s Capelli gave his life in service

A bridge in Cambria County was renamed for a local World War II hero who gave his life in service to America.

“Mike Capelli was a young man from Nanty Glo when he, like thousands of other young men, shipped off to Europe to stop the greatest evil our nation has known,” said state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, during the Friday dedication service. “His — and their — selfless service is especially poignant today, as we remember those who lost their lives almost 20 years ago, and all of those who have stepped up to defend our great nation.”

Burns joined Capelli’s family at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown for an official ceremony naming the Technical Sergeant Mike Capelli Memorial Bridge on Route 3041 in Jackson Township, Cambria County.

A native of Nanty Glo, Capelli served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his service, he was wounded many times and performed many acts of heroism for which he was decorated during his tours of Italy, Germany and France.

On Jan. 8, 1945, in Wildenguth, France, Technical Sergeant Capelli was shot and killed while organizing his men during an attack by a reinforced band of German SS Troopers. His awards include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star and Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

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