By William Tauro
On Saturday, Oct 6, Peter P Fantasia was honored by the City of Somerville with the dedication of the PF3 Peter Fantasia Square at the corners of Boston and Hamlet Streets.
Mr Fantasia received the Silver Star for his gallantry in action on Nov.12, 1944. Fantasia served as an aid man attached to Company L,Yankee Division during the initial attack by the German army and the subsequent capture of Rodalbe, France. His company suffered causalities under heavy enemy fire but technician Fantasia provided medical care and comfort to his wounded comrades during every assault, risking his life to do so. When their evacuation was ordered, he refused to leave his badly wounded comrades. This refusal lead to his being taken as a prison of war of the German Army. He was held until April 28, 1945 when he was liberated by the Russian Army. The ceremony was lead by Jay Weaver, Director of Veterans’ Affairs for Somerville.