Pfc. William (Butch) N. Colombo

Mil# 20132401

Enlisted: 24 February 1941, Stamford, CT

Recon. Company 643rd TD BN.







Born: 22 December 1917   Place: Stamford, CT

Died: 2 July 2000   Place: Stamford, CT

Burial Place: Saint John Cemetery, Darien, CT


Wife: Angela Colombo (Legato)    Married: 28 January 1956  

Children: Carrie, Vicky and Donna

Father: Nicholas Colombo  Mother: Carolina Colombo (Pironta)
Siblings: Connie, Joseph, Marie, Margaret, Carol and Patricia 





Good Conduct Medal - American Defence Service Medal - WWII Victory Medal




European African Middle Eastern Service Medal

Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Eastern Europe"






Mail Received  1 December 2010

My father, William N. Colombo, was in the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was Private First Class #20132401. He was a tank gunner. I have his Army of the United States Honorable Discharge papers. He is not listed on your site. He joined the army with his best friend, Joseph Lorenti, Private #20132413 who was KIA and died in my father's arms on Christmas day.

Would you be able to add him to the list of names on your site?  

Carrie Colombo Moran

Mail Received  2 December 2010

Dear Ben, 

Thank you so much!  My cousin and I are researching our family genealogy and I am trying to find out about my father's war experience. He passed away in July of 2000. He was very traumatized by the war and never ever talked about it. Growing up, my sister's and I had no idea of what he went through. I have his original service record and I have seen pictures of him and his buddy, Joseph Lorenti, taken during the war. If you are interested in any of this I will try to locate the pictures and scan and send them to you. I can also scan and send a copy of his service record.  I am finding this all very interesting and am now understanding my father in a whole new way.

Thanks again!


Carrie Colombo Moran


Mail Received  3 December 2010

Hi Ben, 

What I do have is my dad's discharge paper, the obituary notice in our local newspaper of Joe Lorenti's death, and few pictures of my father during the war taken with other soldiers, and also a picture of him standing next to something with an swastika on it with the number 205233. It might be a tank or carrier of some sort or maybe just a sign. Give me about a week and I will scan and send them to you.

Thanks again for your help.







William's Grave Marker