PRIVATE LUIGI CARPANI was born in Folignano, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy on February 15, 1893. He came to the United States in 1912, arriving at Ellis Island on March 28 aboard the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, having sailed from Naples.
He was living at 307 Line Street with his mother and working as an assembler at the American Arms Company factory in Eddystone, Pennsylvania when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He had by this time also filed papers declaring his intention to become an American citizen. Luigi Carpani had moved to 310 Benson Street by the summer of 1918.
Luigi Carpani was inducted into the United States Army on July 28, 1918 at Camden and was sent to Camp Dix for training. He contracted bronchial pneumonia at the onset of the influenza pandemic that struck in the fall of 1918. He died at Camp Dix on September 29, 1918, and was buried the following day at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ. It is likely that his burial was expedited in an effort to contain the epidemic.
Luigi Carpani may have been related to Giuseppe Carpani, who, as Joseph Carpani, had a long and distinguished career as a detective with the Camden Police Department. Both men were from Folignano, had come to America within a year of each other, and were living in South Camden in June of 1917.
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