Nicolas Picerno died Monday morning, October 28, 2013 at his home in Jacksonville, Ore. He is survived by his long term partner, Joyce Coleman; his brother, Alfred of Laguna Nigel, Calif.; and his youngest brother, Frank of Bayonne, N.J.
Mr. Picerno was born September 29, 1922 and raised in New York City where he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and spent two years in Oregon and Idaho. He then spent three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to the 95th Infantry Division attached to the third Army under the command of General Patton. Beginning at St. Lo, in France, Mr. Picerno's unit took part in subsequent battles to free Western Europe from Nazi control from the battle of the Hedgerows to Falaise, crossing the Moselle and Rhine Rivers to the capture of the fortress City of Metz. His unit was a part of General Patton's task to relieve the city of Bastogne and he fought through the Battle of the Bulge.
At war's end, Nicolas took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights and attended UCLA to earn two majors and became a High School English Literature teacher. It was Nicolas' long standing, and often stated, wish to have his final resting place among the many men who shared the experiences that he had lived through in the defense of his country. For these men, World War II was the defining action of their lives.
Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Eagle Point Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.