John Robello was born on April 16, 1919 in Cotuit, Massachusetts. John joined the United States Army during World War II and reached the Rank of Corporal in the tank unit of Combat Command R in the 27th Tank Battalion. On April 25, 1945 in Bavaria, a battle ensued and Corporal John Robello was killed in action. For his action and bravery he was awarded the Silver Star medal for “gallantry in action” and the Purple Heart. The citation reads: "When his platoon leader was seriously wounded and his tank was disabled by a mine, Corporal Robello knew his only chance for escape was immediate action. With the aid of another crewman, he lifted the wounded officer from the tank in the face of intense enemy small arms fire and machine gunfire. In doing so he was killed. His heroism and gallantry were most inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.” The war ended thirteen days later as V-E Day was announced on May 8, 1945. Corporal John B. Robello’s memorial is located at the intersection of Route 28 and Santuit-Newtown Road, Cotuit, Massachusetts.
Organization Responsible for Installation:
The Town of Barnstable
Memorial War Era(s):
Santuit-Newtown Road Route 28 Cotuit, MA 02635
Published on May 12, 2020