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Albert Cimini, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1957-58

Albert Cimini pictureAlbert Cimini was born May 11, 1914 in Scranton, PA.  He went to Ft. Dix, NJ on May 23, 1941.  He shipped out for active duty on Sept. 21, 1941, heading for the Philippine Islands.  He landed in Manila and was assigned to 803rd Engineers as a corporal. 

He survived the Death March at Bataan and Corregidor and was a  POW for 3 1/2 years.  He was at the Oeyama (Oyama) Prison camp in Japan.   He served his country four years, eleven months, and nineteen days. 

On April 11, 1946 he was honorably discharged form the army at Ft. Dix by Maj. E. B. Nellis.  His awards, decorations, and citations include the American Defense Service medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge w/2 OLC, Philippine Defense Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Factory Medal.

He served as ADBC Commander and also was the head commander of a 1963 Binghamton, NY  parade of the ADBC.  He was a member of the D.A.V. Chapter #60, VFW Post #478 and the American Legion Post #80.  He was a member of the Assumption Church of Binghamton and St. Luke's Church in Palm Harbor, FL.  He also held membership at the Highland Lakes Clubhouse and the Loyal D. Greenman Senior Citizens Center.  The mayor of Pittston, PA gave Mr. Cimini the key to the city in 1993.

He married Pauline A. Masciarella on Jan. 5, 1946, fathered three daughters, who gave him five grandchildren.  He and Pauline were married 49 years when he died at the age of 79 in Palm Harbor, FL.  They enjoyed a wonderful life, working hard in business for Masciarella Market (he was co-owner) in Binghamton, New York.  He had a chance to enjoy 21 years of retirement in Palm Harbor, FL before his death.