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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Toscani

Birthplace: New York City, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 20 May 1911

Date of Death: 24 January 2001

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Frank E. Toscani

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Frank E. Toscani
Colonel, U.S. Army

Frank E. Toscani was born on 20 May 1911 in New York City.

Author John Hersey modeled his character, Major Joppolo, in "A Bell for Adano" on Toscani. In WWII, Toscani landed on "D" Day in Licata, Sicily, and was appointed Military Governor for that city. It was there that Hersey observed then-Major Toscani solve the intricate problems of the war torn community. The novel also produced a Broadway show with Frederick March and a television version starring John Hodiak.

Colonel Toscani was decorated by three governments for his outstanding military service - the U.S. with the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star; Great Britain with the rank of Honorary Officer of the British Empire (OBE); and Italy with the rank of Commander of the Crown of Italy.

Death and Burial

Colonel Frank E. Toscani died on 24 January 2001. He is buried at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hampstead, NY.

Honoree ID: 3154   Created by: MHOH




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