Italian probes story of town's tribute to Omahan, GIs

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Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:00 am

The story has been told for almost 70 years in the picturesque little town of Manziana, Italy: how four American GIs were killed by fleeing German soldiers, and how the grateful townspeople reverently blanketed their liberators' burned bodies with flowers where they lay on the roadside.

Yet it was only in 2011 that the townspeople learned the names of those soldiers who died in 1944. One of them was 21-year-old Constantino Chiea of Omaha, the only son of an Italian immigrant couple.

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