1914 World War 1915
St. Leo's Catholic Church
Erected by members of the congregation in honor of these men of the parish who proved
their loyalty to God and Country during the Great World War. Rev. Jos. M. Riedl P. S. M. Pastor
St. Leo's Memorial Plaque
Remembering those who served: Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf
Rev. Michael Salerno, S.A.C., Pastor
Dedicated November 12, 2000
In Loving Memory
John A. Pica, 1924 - 2002, served his country in World War II, son of Antonio and Maria Grasso Pica; devoted brother to Francesco Pica, Marie Gaise, Josephine Nocar and Grace Licata; father of State Senator John A. Pica, Jr. and Maria. John Pica, Sr. was a member of the Baltimore City Council.
John Pica fought courageously for the United States and his beloved neighborhood of Little Italy in Monte Cassino and Anzio, Italy and North Africa. "Johnny" Pica was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star for Valor and Heroic Achievement, the Combat Infantry Badge for Active-Engagement in Ground Combat, Two Purple
Hearts for twice Wounded in Action and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Maryland Roll of Honor and recognized as Soldier of the Month by the Baltimore Sun. His medals are dedicated to Saint Leo's Church in Honor of all the great Men and Women who served in America in the Armed Services.
Antoinette Pellegrini Pica, 1928 - 1988, wife of John Pica for 40 years; President of the American Committee on Italian Immigration; daughter of Pasquale and Ninetta DiBona Pellegrini; loving sister to Carmelia Verdecchia, Donata Bavato, Anna Pellegrini, Biagini, Bucci, Mary Shanahan, John Pellegrini, Nicholas Pellegrini, Anthony Pellegrini and Frank Pellegrini. Antoinette Pellegrini was active in Italian American and other civic causes. She received the Mayor's Award of Volunteerism from Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
Members of St. Leo's Church who served the nation in World War II
1941 - 1945
Hon. Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr.
In loving and prayerful remembrance
of all those from St. Leo's Parish
who served their country faithfully
Donated by Michael Di Liello, Sr.
in loving Memory of Rita Di Liello