Larry D. Platania (July 28, 1921 — March 1, 2007)
Lawrence D. Platania died on Thursday, March 1, 2007. He was born on July 28, 1921 in New York, a son of Sebastiano and Giovanna Platania. He married Mary Tavaglione on January 10, 1943. She predeceased him in 1978, also daughter Jody predeceased him on May 5, 1960. Mr. Platania was an Aeronautical Engineer who served in the US Coast Guard and US Army. He was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and also in Germany, and received two Purple Hearts, The Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Commemorative Air Force, Holy Name Society, and American Legion Post #99. Survivors include his Son, Ben and Wife, Carol Platania of Albuquerque; grandchildren; Lawrence, Logan, Christian, Adam, Alycia, Symone, and Damian, and two great grandchildren; Destany, and Dominic. Also surviving is one sister; Angela Laterza, New York, along with his loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters; Santa, and Nancy.