URI Students, WWII veterans to explore brutality, complexities of war

Goal is to increase awareness of World War II Foundation and the Global Education Center

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHAT: Students and faculty will meet six distinguished World War II veterans who will graciously tell their stories about the complexities of World War II during a round table conversation. The goal is to increase awareness among college students of the complexities of World War II from the soldier’s perspective. In addition, students and faculty will learn of the vast array of artifacts whose home is at the Global Education Center facilitated by the World War II Foundation.

WHO: URI students, Leo Heroux, D-Day survivor from Central Falls; Joseph Aquilante, decorated veteran from North Providence; Richard Fazzio, D-Day survivor in the Navy and from Woonsocket; Armando Napoli, Navy veteran who hitchhiked from Rhode Island to California to join the Navy at age 16; Domenic Giarrusso , World War II U.S. Army Air Corps; and Benjamin Carbone, WW II U.S. Army Air Corps.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: University of Rhode Island Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862, dlavallee@uri.edu.