Waterford Navy vet gets belated honors for D-Day heroics
TROY A World War II veteran who was among the sailors belatedly honored for their heroics on D-Day in France has been honored at a special ceremony near his hometown.
David Catallo of Waterford officially received the Army’s Bronze Medal and Combat Medical Badge during a ceremony today at La Salle Institute in Troy. About 30 relatives and friends attended the ceremony for Catallo, an 88-year-old retired postmaster.
Catallo was a corpsman in the 6th Naval Beach Battalion when it landed an hour after the first wave hit the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The unit’s doctors and other medical personnel suffered heavy casualties. Catallo was wounded.
Last year, surviving members and relatives of deceased sailors were they would receive the medals.