John Armellino

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John Ralph Armellino (born February 21, 1921 in West New York , New Jersey , † September 17, 2004 in North Palm Beach , Florida ) was an American soldier in World War II and 1951-1971 mayor of West New York in New Jersey .

Second World War

Born the son of Italian immigrants from Campobasso , West New York, John Armellino graduated from the New York Military Academy and then went to the Virginia Military Institute . When the USA entered the war, he was second lieutenant and fought first in North Africa and Sicily. As the commander of a company of the 16th regiment of the 1st US Infantry Division , he took part in the 1944 invasion of Normandy . He was hit by shrapnel on Omaha Beach and lost his right leg.

John Armellino has received several awards, including the Bronze Star , the Silver Star (three times), the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross . In 1946 he left the army with the rank of major .


After returning to civilian life, Armellino went into politics. In 1951 he took over the office of West New York City from John E. Otis Jr. He was also on the Board of Chosen Freeholders , the government of Hudson County .

In 1971 he was sentenced to four years imprisonment for promoting illegal gambling activities by the mafioso Joseph "Bayonne Joe" Zicarelli . Interim mayor was Lawrence T. Havey , the next election was won by Anthony DeFino .

John Armellino moved to North Palm Beach , Florida, retirement home in 1982 , where he was buried in North Bergen , New Jersey, at the age of 83 in 2004 .

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