World War II veteran is parade's grand marshal
Lower Makefield Township’s seventh annual Veterans Day Parade honored World War II veteran Ray DiCrescenzo, who served as grand marshal.
DiCrescenzo, whose father operated a corner grocery story in Lambertville, N.J., founded a family business that included a supermarket and hardware store in New Hope. His business operates the Delray Plus True Value hardware store today.
Drafted into service a week after Pearl Harbor, he served in North Africa in the supply corps of Gen. Clark’s Fifth Army, where his experience in the grocery business helped with clothing and feeding American forces. The supply corps was often under attack by Hitler’s army and DiCrescenzo was awarded battle stars for his service.
Promoted to staff sergeant following the African campaign, DiCrescenzo served in Naples, Italy, until the end of the war, in 1945.
Born in Lambertville of parents who emigrated from Abruzzi, Italy, DiCrescenzo lived most of his life in that city. He married Adele D’Ambrosio on Nov. 16, 1941, just weeks before he shipped out to Fort Dix for Army training.
Today, Adele and Ray live in Solebury Township. They will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary this weekend.
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