About Joe


Parachute training


Operation Dragoon

Battle of the Bulge

Prisoner of War

Coming Home

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You and Joe


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Welcome to the website dedicated to Joseph Mario Cicchinelli and the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.

It is with great regret that we have to announce that Joe passed away last night, on october 1oth 2014.

May he rest in peace

We are gratefull that we have known this great paratrooper.

Marco Eradus and Bob Konings

- january 8th 2014: Special New Years message from Joe!
- Message from Joe about his Silver Star
- Message from Joe to all his friends in Europe
- New in Miscellaneous: The story behind Joe's Silver Star Medal

- Joe at the A
nthem veterans memorial

Joe Cicchinelli is a highly decorated WWII US paratrooper veteran. This website will tell you his story and the dramatic story of the unit he served in, the 551 st Parachute Infantry Battalion, also known as “the forgotten battalion”.

But above all, this website is just about a man, a man who had to deal with the hardship of war, not only then, but throughout his whole life.

Before you read, a special word from Joe himself to all the visitors
of his website: (recorded: february 2011)

Don't forget to check out the NEWS button for latest updates and news from Joe himself.!

May we never forget what all men like Joe Cicchinelli
did for our freedom.


Marco Eradus & Bob Konings

This website is founded with the full consent and in close cooperation with
Joe Cicchinelli. All of the photo’s published on this website are property of Joe Cicchinelli, unless stated different. It is forbidden to use any of the material, without permission of the authors of this website.