First Generation American born to August 7, 1919 here in Illinois. He enlisted in 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and re-enlisted to make a career out of it. Camarato was combat-ready as a communication chief. His battalion was the first self-propelled Howitzer, making this battalion a highly desirable outfit in battles. Camarato saw many battles:
* Invasion of Salerno, Italy
* Invasion of France
* Korean War
* Central Europe
Camarato saw many Battles and much combat in all his years of service.
Camarato Had stripes on his sleeve from his wrist to his elbow, each representing six months of combat, meaning he was a very experienced combat Veteran. He was entitled to more stripes then he could wear. From his many years of service, Camarato received many Unit citations, (3) three Purple Hearts, (1) one Bronze star and one other individual awards.
Sgt. Major Camarato, suffered a compound fracture of his right arm.
His forearm was shattered and nerves in his right hand were severed. Camarato was shot in the left arm and through the nose, when a rifle bullet entering one nostril and passing through the other.
Great Lakes Naval Hospital :
" Sgt. Major Camarato, is lucky to be alive.."
They're calling him:
"The Miracle Boy"