PRIVATE GIUSEPPE MACCARONE was born on November 8, 1893 in Fiumefreddo, in the province of Catania on the Italian island of Sicily. The community gets its name from the Fiumefreddo River. The word "fiumefreddo" means literally "cold river", a reference to the fact that the river is fed by snow melts from Mount Etna. Fiumefreddo is near the major Etna tourist centres. Il Castello degli Schiavi in Fiumefreddo is known for being in the Godfather trilogy as the house where many scenes were shot, one of the most famous being in The Godfather Part I when Apollonia was murdered.
Giuseppe Maccarone, or possibly Macciarone or Maccaroni, was working as a laborer at the Campbell Soup Company plant in Camden when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He was then living at 324 Stevens Street, and was sending money back to Italy to help his parents and sister. He was inducted into the United States Army on July 9, 1918 at Camden, and sent to Camp Humphreys, Virginia, where he was assigned to the 5th Engineer Training Regiment. On October 31, 1918 he was transferred to Company B, 4th Engineer Training Regiment. It was at Camp Humphreys where Private Maccarone fell victim to the Spanish flu pandemic. The illness took hold in his lungs, and Private Maccarone died of pneumonia on December 31, 1918.
Private Maccarone was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. His mother, living in Sicily, was notified of his passing.
It is possible that Giuseppe Maccarone may have been the brother of Angelo Maccarone (or Maccaroni), who farmed in Winslow Township, New Jersey in the 1920s and 1930s.
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