Died on May 7, 2024, the centenarian American veteran never saw Omaha Beach again

Died on May 7, 2024, the centenarian American veteran never saw Omaha Beach again
Died on May 7, 2024, the centenarian American veteran never saw Omaha Beach again

Veteran of the 29e American infantry division having landed on June 8, 1944 at Omaha Beach, Félice John Tulli died Tuesday May 7, 2024, at the age of 100. He celebrated his centenary on February 3.

Félice was his grandfather’s first name, he preferred to be called John. He died peacefully at his home in Bay Terrace, a neighborhood in New York, Queens.

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For the 80e anniversary of the Landing, he was to return to Normandy for the first time. John Tulli was one of those anonymous veterans who never returned to Normandy. I met him at his home in 2022 and with his daughter. We had organized his trip for June this year indicates Florent Plana, tour guide specializing in American clients coming on pilgrimage to the region.

Liberation of Saint-Lô then Brest

John Tulli was born to Italian immigrant parents in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, where he was educated with his brothers Ed, Hugo, Danny and his sister Ida. John never finished high school, he enlisted in the army on February 13, 1943, to be closer to his brother Danny. Hugo was already engaged in the Pacific.

After his training at Camp McCain in Mississippi, he joined England. He landed on June 8, 1944 at Omaha Beach. He was assigned to the headquarters of the 29e division. But given the losses of the first days of combat, he was transferred to the 175e infantry regiment. He participated in the liberation of Saint-Lô then Brest, where he was injured.

He received the Legion of Honor in 2014

Demobilized in December 1945, he married Catherine in 1951 and was the father of three children. He and his wife founded their company Tulli Jewelers and worked together for thirty-six years.

Decorated with the Purple Heart after his injury, he received the Legion of Honor in 2014. It was presented to him by the French ambassador to the United States.

For this 80e anniversary of the Landing, we planned to participate in a ceremony at the Madeleine chapel, in Saint-Lô. Her daughter confirmed to me that she will come , confides Florent Plana.

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