Joseph James Cirmelli was born on February 20, 1925 in Alameda, California. He served in the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division as a Private during World War II. He was Killed in Action on June 12, 1944 during the attack on Le Pont de la Pierre, France. The 29th Infantry Division was ordered to cross the Elle in southern direction, also in order to advance on Saint-Lô. The intention was to take Saint-Clair-sur-l’Elle first and then Couvains. PVT Cirmelli is now buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.