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Quiet church custodian honored for role in WWII combat

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People around town knew Carl “Jimmy” Gimmelli as the quiet custodian and cemetery caretaker at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, and maybe they knew he served his country during World War II. But they probably didn’t know about the amount of fighting he saw in the Pacific Theater. He participated in the island invasions of Guadalcanal and New Britain as a combat member of the 1st Marine Division, fighting to capture those islands from ...


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