|E-mail received from Diane (10
My name is Diane
Evangelista Neiser from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA. I am
Ted Evangelista's daughter. His full name was Theodore C.
Evangelista. My mother received your letter about my father
being a member of the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. You
have started a wonderful project to honor these men. We applaud
your effort. My father died on May 18, 2003 at the age of
84. He was very proud of his military service and I am sure
he would want me to help you with your project. I have
attached a few pictures that we have that may be useful to
you. I don't know exactly how long he served in the U.S.
Army. From some things we have, it seemed like he served for
two years at least. He was drafted into the army on
February 5, 1942 at the age of 23. I remember him talking
about being in Belgium and Germany, of course.
The first picture
is of his medals. The second picture is of him in a tank.
My father is in the first row on the left. In the group
picture you will see his dog tags that are hard to read.
This picture was very wide including a lot of men who served
with him. I only photographed a section of the picture
where my dad was standing. He is in the second row. He is
the second man from the right side in the second row. I did
not count the man I cut off in the picture.
I have not gone
to look at your website yet, but I will. Please let me know
if you get this email. By the way, my mother is still
living. She is 92 years old. She was delighted to get your
letter. Also, your use of the English language is
excellent! My parents live in Bridgeville, PA not "Ridgefield."
Your letter did arrive just fine!
If you have any
questions, please let me know. We will try to help you.