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Harry A. Cavuto

June 4, 1923 May 13, 2019
Harry A. Cavuto
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WW2 veteran Harry Anthony Cavuto waged another valiant battle against another vicious foe, cancer. His final battle ended in dignity on May 13, 2019 just 3 weeks short of his 96th birthday.

Harry was 1 of 8 children born to Italian immigrants who made their home in the small Pennsylvania town of Coatesville, PA. His father, Rafael, spent his life working as a switch man for the Pennsylvania Railroad, a tough and dangerous job, until age 70 when he faced mandatory retirement.

Harry was 1 of 5 boys in the family and loved sports.
Harry was a 1941 graduate of Coatesville High School. He was good enough at football to receive a scholarship to a small college in North Carolina. When WW2 broke out Harry enlisted in the Navy and was trained to be a gunner in the Armed Guard, which consisted of Navy personnel that were assigned to protect Merchant Marine ships. One fateful night his ship, the Keystone, was torpedoed and sunk by a U-Boat in the Atlantic. The crew had to abandon ship into life boats and were later rescued and brought to Portugal to fight another day.

Harry was then assigned to be a gunner on LST 50 (Landing Ship Tank), whose mission it was to support invasions by bringing tanks, trucks, troops, and supplies directly onto the beaches. They would then reload the LSTs with battle casualties and return to sea, only to come back with more troops and ordinance. His ship, LST 50, participated in the landings at Southern France, Normandy, and Okinawa and was awarded 3 Battle Stars.

After the war, Harry returned to Coatesville and married his wife, Jennie. They had 2 daughters, Jean and Andrea. Jennie died fairly young and Harry eventually met and married his wife, Ruth.

Harry spent 30 years working at the Lukens Steel mill in his hometown of Coatesville. Lukens is the oldest steel mill in the United States and produced many of the beams and girders used in building the World Trade Center. Harry became a union steward and eventually president of the local United Steel Workers Union. When he retired from Lukens, he went to work for OSHA before retiring for good. He and wife Ruth then moved to Boca Raton, Florida. After about 7 years in Florida they became home sick and moved back to be with family and friends in Coatesville.

Harry’s 21st birthday was on June 4th 1944, which was the original day designated to be D-Day. Because of bad weather D-Day was postponed until June 6th. We were really hoping that Harry would live to see the 75th Anniversary of D-Day next month, but it wasn’t to be.

We’ll always love & miss you Harry, and be thankful for your service to our country

Memorials in Harry’s honor may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary 80 S. 17th Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320 or to Garden of Grace Hospice at Coatesville VA Medical Center 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, PA 19320.

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Garden of Grace Hospice at Coatesville VA Medical Center

1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

Our Lady of the Rosary

80 South 17th Avenue
Coatesville, PA 19320

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