Badia Family Collection
Danny Badia, whose full name was Dante Alighiero Badia, was born on April 14, 1922 and died in 2006. His father, Angelo Badia was born on January 28, 1888 in Barisciano, a town in the province of L'Aquila (Abruzzi). His mother Laurina Badia, née Buccilli, was born January 1, 1899 in Tocco da Casauria, a town in the Province of Pescara (Abruzzi). Angelo and Laurina immigrated to the United States and settled in Bellaire, Ohio, where they got married in 1917. Successively, they moved to Detroit, Michigan, where they both died, respectively in 1962 and 1984.
Danny had two olders sisters and a younger brother: Orienta Christina (December 25, 1918), Bambina Aurelia (born on October 8, 1920), and Hiram Sylvester Julius (August 1, 1937).
Leona Badia, née De Nardo was born on June 18, 1923, in Bellaire, Ohio, and died on May 18, 2017. Her parents, Giovanni and Maria De Nardo were from Abruzzi too.
Danny and Leona got married on January 15, 1944, and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary before Danny passed away.
Danny, like any other young boy of his age, enrolled in the army during the Second World War and he worked as a cook. He changed many camps through the years: he was in Camp Van Dorn, Camp Wolter, Camp Joseph Robinson and then he even traveled overseas.
He documented his life in the army through his letters to Leona, to whom he wrote passionate reports on his experience far from home. An interesting aspect of the Collection is that, in addition to the letters that Danny sent to Leona, it also hosts her replies, which Danny kept with him for the whole time and then brought back with him when he came home.
Message from Dan L. Badia, son of Danny and Leona (01.16.2021) to Cousin Patricia Badia, donor of the letters.
Patty I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job and effort and passion you have put into getting these letters published it was almost as if they were still alive and I could sense what they were feeling at the time I thank you thank you thank you for your effort and devotion I really really enjoyed them love you much. Your cousin Dan