Thursday, March 19, 2009
Philip Monzelia (Monzella) and "Red" Herman
As you can see, the corner of this photograph is torn, making it difficult to read the upper lefthand corner from the back. It says "Monzelia & "Red" Herman".
The photograph was taken in Volk and these men were the cooks.
"Red" Herman is too obscure for me to even begin exploring WWII enlistment records, so hopefully someone out there will recognize his picture or the nickname as that of a grandfather, uncle, etc.
As for Monzelia, I believe the portion of the photo that is ripped may have actually said "Philip J. Monzelia".
There is a Philip J. Monzella who was born in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Charles and Stella Monzella (as Mazella in the 1930 census). They emigrated from Italy in 1921. His grandfather was Philip Monzella, born in 1866.
So if either of these names is familiar to you, let me know! I would love to reunite this photograph with family.