THE UNTOLD STORY – BASED ON REAL WORLD WAR II LETTERS
In 2007, Annie Connerton called John Lombardo in a frantic state to come visit her immediately and to bring a box of war letters dating back to the 1940’s that were in John’s possession. Upon arriving Annie told John she started to have vivid flashbacks after watching the movie, “Letters from Iwo Jima,” that was shown during a local hospice movie event at her facility. She told John she wanted to read the letters and share the Lombardo memories with him before these flashbacks go away. This was Annie’s dying wish. The legacy of Vic Lombardo, Pat Lombardo, Tony Lombardo, and John Lombardo must be told. This is the untold story of the Lombardo Family Letters.
Book release Late 2018 on Amazon USA/UK/Barnes and Noble/Books A Million. Story Concept from John Lombardo. Based on “The Lombardo Family Letters.” Dedicated to Annie Connerton and The Lombardo Family.
Movie Premiere Scheduled:
November 10, 2018 at Strand Theater for 7-8pm at 165 Main St, Seymour, Connecticut.
Public Admission $5.00 and funds will be donated to Veteran Fund.
DVD Release: TBD
Soundtrack Available: TBD
LOMBARDO, Tony J.US NAVY
Tony J. Lombardo, passed away on Saturday (March 19, 2011) at Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA. Tony was the beloved husband of Natalie (Bascetta) Lombardo who passed in 1976 after 29 years of marriage. He was born on October 20, 1928 in Hartford, CT a son of the late Vincenzo and Grace (Ciurcina) Lombardo he resided in Enfield for 32 years before moving to Boynton Beach, FL where he resided for 17 years and in Wilbraham, MA for the past 3 1/2 years. Tony served his country honorably with the US Navy during World War II. Prior to retiring many years ago he was a mail carrier for the East Hartford, CT Postal Service for 30 years. He was an excellent carpenter and a great drummer
LOMBARDO, PatUS ARMY
LOMBARDO, Patrick died Monday, (January 31, 2005). Pat was born on June 21, 1923 in Lawrence, MA to Vincent and Grace (Ciurcina) Lombardo. He moved to Hartford at six months of age and had fond memories of growing up in the Front Street area. Pat attended the Brown School and Hartford High School. He worked for a time at United Tool and Die and entered the Army in January, 1943. He proudly served his country during World War II, serving with the 1st Armored Division in Italy and Africa. Pat was awarded two Bronze Stars for bravery, one for carrying his comrade to safety. He was proud to have been chosen to be a personal guard to General Eisenhower. Pat was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. After the war, Pat joined the United States Postal Service with three of his brothers and worked in the East Hartford Post Office until he retired in 1984, after working the same route for 22 years. His postal patrons gave him a hero's celebration when he retired and they never forgot him.
LOMBARDO, VicUS NAVY
Lombardo, VIC: He was a very smart man even though he never finished high school. Country meant a lot to him. He was very talented when it came to taking care of the house. He could fix anything, paint anything, build anything. He was also a very talented drummer. He spent most of the three years that he was away during the war in the South Pacific. He died young at the age of 53 from a heart attack in 1979.
LOMBARDO, JohnUS NAVY
LOMBARDO, JOHN: He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was tall, good looking young man, who was part of a very close knit family. There was nothing he would not do for them. He was never critical and always defended the family. John had many friends. He loved a good joke, playing cards, sports, a cold beer and Italian food. He always said he skipped 2 grades in school, the last two. John served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Florida and Hawaii. His wife Rose stayed in Hartford awaiting his return... Unfortunately, she died during child birth in 1946. Seven years later he married Marilyn, and had two more children. Once discharged, John had many jobs until he joined the West Hartford Post Office. He worked there for over 30 years. John always had older cars, that his brother, Frank, would fix weekly. He enjoyed hanging around the gas station where his brothers and friends would stop by. Every vacation the family would start out, the car would break down, we would fix it and carry on.. He passed away in 1988, at 67 years old, and is missed.
She was a very soft spoken woman and never had any children. Annie was the recipient of many letters from Pat, John, Tony, and Vic during World War II. Based on the letters written Annie was highly regarded and loved by her family with the letters showing her as an important loving family member. This book is dedicated to Annie Connerton. Annie passed away in 2007.
Leon GrabowskyUS Navy
Former Lt. Commander. Recently promoted to Captain of the USS Mason (DE-529). He graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941 and was posted as an ensign aboard the ill-fated battleship Arizona. He escaped the fate of 1,177 fellow sailors because he was ordered ashore for a routine physical when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred. He went on to participate in some of the war's most decisive and bloody battles. He was a 27-year-old lieutenant and executive officer of the destroyer Leutze when the captain was seriously wounded in the battle for Iwo Jima. Grabowsky took command of the Leutze in a harrowing battle at Okinawa and managed to keep the Leutze and its badly damaged sister ship, the Newcomb, afloat, despite an intense kamikaze attack. He saved both ships and most of the crews, earning the Navy Cross. After the Newcomb and Leutze his last command was on US Mason for a short time as Captain.
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