Researching family history has been a great deal of fun and along the way I am never amazed at what items can be discovered. The November 26, 1918 Steubenville Herald Star, contained a story about private Antonio Pierro who was reported killed in action in France. Two weeks following his reported death, his half-brother, Mike Lamonica received an offical war telegraph informing him that Private Pierro was actually alive.
I could not let this go without some additional research. The obit's of Antonio (Tony) Pierro and his brother Vito Pierro both make mention to his brother Mike Lamonica. It seems that the half-brothers shared the same mother - Christina Fiore. Fiore was married to Antonio Lamonica when Mike was born in Forenza, Italy. Just four years later Fiore and husband Raffale Angelo Pierro welcomed Antonio and then Vito a few years later. I am now looking for some Pierro family members to see if I can get some additional information.
In the photo are Tony Pierro to the left and Mike Lamonica to the right. The photo was likely taken in Steubenville, Ohio.