Felix Palone, Jr., better known as Phil, entered into the United States Army at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended his basic training at Camp Crowder, Missouri. He received specialized training to be a Surgical Technician, serving directly under the Battalion Surgeon. Felix departed for the European Theatre on October 21, 1943, and arrived on November 4. He left to return to the United States on July 2, 1945, and arrived on July 10. He was discharged at Camp Bowie, Texas, on September 29, 1945. His foreign service time amounted to one year, eight months and twenty days. During that time Felix served in the following campaigns: Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Felix's wounds received in action included a laceration of the hand and a contusion of the right shoulder. For his service, Felix was awarded the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Felix was born in Crucible, Greene County, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1913, and died there on November 15, 1988. He was the son of Felix Palone and Julia (Luke) Palone. Felix was a 1937 graduate of Waynesburg College and received a Master's Degree from West Virginia University. He taught in the Carmichaels Area School District for 39 years and also served as a guidance counselor there. He was also the principal of the junior high school for one year and was a golf coach.

Felix was married to Sara Smith on July 12, 1941. They were the parents of two daughters, Dr. Linda (Palone) Roberts and Phyllis (Palone) Sturman.

This Memory Medallion was compiled by Sara M. Palone for the Crucible World War 2 Honor Roll, dedicated on November 11, 2003.

 

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