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Philip Cerbone

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Philip Cerbone Obituary
World War II Veteran Philip (Phil) A. Cerbone - SAVANNAH - World War II Veteran Philip (Phil) A. Cerbone, 93, passed away peacefully at Azalealand Nursing Home with his family at his side on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Mr. Cerbone served in the last U.S. Calvary before moving on to the 1st Army, 104th infantry Division, (Timberwolf), from June 6, 1940 through October 1945. He was part of the 3rd wave at Omaha Beach Normandy on D-Day, Hedgerows, St. Lo, Northern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, (Hurtgen Forrest, Siegfried Line) and the Battle of the Bulge. For his bravery, heroism, and meritorious service he was awarded the Bronze Star, as well as the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award and the Honorable Service Label Button WWII. Philip Cerbone was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on November 16, 1920 to Italian immigrants Adamo and Jenny Cerbone. He had six siblings who all predeceased him. He attended Princeton University and left to enter WWII. After the war he went home to help in the family grocery business and met the love of his life, Eleanor Cherchio Cerbone. They married in 1946 and next month would have been their 68th wedding anniversary. He owned his own IGA grocery stores and restaurants and spent his career in the grocery business. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, their three children: Judith Cerbone Ruchalski (Edmund); Adam P. Cerbone (Kristi); and Thomas M. Cerbone (Terri). He had seven grandchildren: Karen Ruchalski Mahoney (Tim), Christopher Ruchalski (Erin), Jason Cerbone, Kristin Cerbone Peters (Chris), Celia Cerbone, Alex Cerbone and Jennifer (Jenny) Cerbone Lanigan (Brooks). He is also survived by eight great grandchildren: Patrick and Cooper Mahoney, Clayton and Molly Ruchalski, Walker and Kate Peters, Callie and Payton Lanigan. Philip was part of the greatest generation and he left his mark everywhere he went. His memory will live on as one of love, generosity and warmth; he is missed by his loved ones, and friends. He was an honorary member of Italian Society of Savannah. The family would like to express thanks to the staff of Memorial Hospital and Azalealand Nursing Home for all their care and kindness to Mr. Cerbone in his time of need. A private graveside service will be held at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please sign our on line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News March 28, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2014
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