VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Local WWII Veteran Turns 100 Years Old
Local World War II Veteran Tom Dimperio just turned 100 years old on August 18, 2019. Family, friends and staff joined in celebrating this significant milestone at the VA Menlo Park Community Living Center, an assisted living facility for Veterans.
Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) became involved when the family reached out to ask for special arrangements for the celebration. Harder’s office coordinated cards from around the country to be sent to his office to surprise Dimperio.
Army Staff Sergeant Tom Dimperio is a native of Ceres, Calif. He was sent to basic training in Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, after signing up for the military in 1942. Assigned to the 88th Infantry Division, he continued training in North Africa and was eventually sent to Naples, Italy, in 1944.
Mr. Dimperio was injured twice during the war – first when a mortar shell exploded near him, shooting pieces of shrapnel throughout his body. He was injured a second time in Northern Italy, where he was struck by Nazi machine gun fire and artillery shrapnel. He owes his life to a pile of manure that he crawled behind while taking on enemy fire.