FRAMINGHAM – On Veterans Day, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer presented a Medal of Liberty in honor of World War I Private First Class Carlo LaFazia, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Governor Charlie Baker.
The City presented 8 medals of Liberty during its annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 at the Memorial Building.
Medals of Liberty are awarded to the next of kin of service men and women from the Commonwealth killed in action or who died in service while in a designated combat area in the line of duty or who died as a result of wounds received in action.
LaFazia enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917, and was attached to the 16th Infantry Regiment.
LaFazia and his unit were one of the first American battalions to land on French soil. The unit arrived only a month after he enlisted.
LaFazia took part in one of the deadliest battles of World War I – known as the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. It was a part of the 100 Day Offensive. Around 27,000 American soldiers were killed, including LaFazia, on October 11, 1918. His body was never found.
Accepting the Medal on behalf of Private First Class LaFazia was his nephew Jeremiah O’Conner.
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