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Date and Place of Birth:
January 26, 1919 Corona, New York
July 31, 2007 Queens, New York
766th Bomb Squadron, 461st
Bomb Group, USAAF
Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Armand E. "Army" Sergiacomi was born on January
26, 1919 in Corona, New York. The young shortstop signed with the
New York Yankees in 1938 and was assigned to Butler of the
Pennsylvania State Association where he batted .300 with 43 RBIs in
He was with Amsterdam of the Canadian-American League in 1939 where
his fiery temper got him
suspended for 90 days in August for tearing off the mask of umpire
Fred Melton during a heated argument. Sergiacomi joined Akron
of the Middle-Atlantic League in 1940. Climbing steadily up the
system he joined Norfolk of the Piedmont League in 1941 and was with
Binghamton of the Class A Eastern League in 1942.
He entered military service at the end of the season and served with
the Army Air Force. On August 18, 1944, Corporal Sergiacomi was
assigned to the 766th Bomb Squadron of the 461st Bomb Group at
Torretta Field in Italy. Eight days later - on August 26 - he was
part of Second Lieutenant Howard O Wilson's B-24 crew that took part
in the first raid on Yugoslavia. After
near Bucharest the B-24 was damaged by enemy flak and the crew was
forced to bail out. Sergiacomi was captured by enemy forces and
spent the remainder of the war at Stalag Luft IV in Germany.
Sergiacomi was 27 when he returned to the United States. He had
missed three vital years of his career and quit organized baseball
to play semi-pro ball with Arma AA in the Metropolitan Baseball
Armand Sergiacomi passed away on
July 31, 2007
Queens, New York. He was 88.
Created January 24, 2008.
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