Staff Sergeant Michael Aiello, 35, of Springfield, IL died during Operation Market Garden in the battle of Kiekberg Woods, Netherlands on September 30, 1944. He was born on July 10, 1909 in St. Louis, Missouri to Gaspare “Jasper” and Grazia “Grace” Randazzo Aiello.
The youngest of 16 children, Michael was baptized into the Catholic Faith at St. Charles Borromeo Church in St. Louis. In 1912, he moved with his family to Sherman, IL, where he attended Sherman Grade School until becoming a coal miner for Peabody Mine Co. at the age of 13. Michael eventually moved to Springfield with his family, where he lived and worked as a coal miner, as well as owned and operated a restaurant.
Michael entered the Army in 1942 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR) under the 101st & 82nd Airborne. He was involved in the successful D-Day invasion in June, 1944. In September, 1944 he was a member of Company G, 401st GIR, which was assigned to the 325th GIR for Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands. It is here that he died in a ferocious battle at Kiekberg Woods near the Reichwald Forest on September 30, 1944. S/Sgt. Aiello was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Survivors included, his father, brothers, Dominic, Anthony, and Joseph “Pete”. Michael was preceded in death by his mother, brothers, Phillip, Jasper, Salvatore “Bob”, and Frank; one infant brother and seven infant sisters. Current survivors include one niece, Rose Palazzolo of Rockford, one nephew, Jasper “Jessie” Aiello of California, Godson Michael S. Aiello of Springfield, and over 100 great-grand, gg-grand, & ggg-grand nieces & nephews.
Graveside Service: 10:00 am, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Camp Butler National Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted.
Preferred memorial contributions to Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County c/o Staab Funeral Home, 1109 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.
Please see Procession Details below:
WEDNESDAY: OCTOBER 25, 2017
Updated as each step of the journey is completed
3:20 Planeside Honors; Staff Sergeant Michael Aiello is now in the custodial care of the Staab Family.
3:40 Depart St. Louis Lambert International Airport
4:00 Cross Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
5:30 Rest Area, Mile Marker 64; Patriot Guard Refuels and Joins the Group
5:40 Sangamon County Line
6:15 Rest Area, Mile Marker 102; Family Members and First Responders Assemble for Procession
6:30 Sherman, Business Route 55
6:40 Peoria Road/Ninth Street, Springfield
6:45 Staff Sergeant Aiello’s Childhood Home (next to old Stevie’s Latin Village on Historic Route 66)
7:00 Capitol Avenue
7:05 Staab Funeral Home
7:10 Honor Detail Carries Flag Draped Coffin inside Staab Funeral Home
SATURDAY: OCTOBER 28, 2017
Scheduled to leave STAAB – SPRINGFIELD by 9:30 AM with arrival at
CAMP BUTLER NATIONAL CEMETERY by 10:00 AM