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Angelo A. Fatta, 93, retired Buffalo police officer, WWII veteran <br> Aug. 18, 1916 -- March 14, 2010

Angelo A. Fatta of Buffalo, a veteran police officer and World War II veteran who returned to Europe for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Fatta graduated from Lafayette High School in 1936 and worked as a streetcar operator for International Railway Company.

He joined the Army in 1941 and in 1944 was stationed in England, where he served in Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army, 4th Armored Division, as a forward observer.

Mr. Fatta landed in Normandy, France, in July and was wounded in the Battle of Metz in November. After returning to his unit, he was severely wounded in December during the Battle of the Bulge and sent to England to recuperate.

He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Fatta traveled to France and Belgium in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. While there, he was presented the Normandy Medal by the French government during a ceremony in Caen.

When he returned to civilian life in 1945, Mr. Fatta joined the Buffalo Police Department. He served until 1978, when he retired with the rank of detective.

In 1970, he was the founding president of the Italian American Police Association of Western New York.

After retiring from the Buffalo Police Department, Mr. Fatta worked as a federal police officer from 1978 to 1988 at what was then Veterans Administration Hospital. Beyond directing traffic and providing security, he frequently visited fellow veterans who were hospitalized.

Between 1949 and 1973, Mr. Fatta was co-owner of refreshment stands in Front and LaSalle parks. From 1988 to 2001, he worked at his son's business, a testing laboratory.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife, Helen M. Oglialoro Fatta, died in 2002.

Survivors include four sons, Angelo M., Robert J., Thomas J. and Michael P., and a sister, Nena.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.


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