World War II Honor Roll

Angelo Frank Derago

Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army


Company L
34th Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: August 13, 1945
Buried at: Calvary Cemetery
                  Route 70
                  Cherry Hill NJ
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

TECHNICIAN FIFTH CLASS ANGELO F. DERAGO, was born July 25, 1918 to Antonio and Margaret Derago. The Deragos had come from Italy in 1899 with their oldest son John and daughter Angelica. Antonio Derago found work with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and in 1920 the family was living at 2038 High Street in Camden, near the Pavonia switching yards. By 1930 the family had moved around the corner, and was renting a home at 16 North 21st Street in Camden NJ. Mr. Derago was working as a laborer in the nearby railroad yards, son John was working as the engineer for an apartment house, and two other sons, Robert, 21, and Anthony 17, were working at the Campbell Soup Factory. Angelica had married, and sister Mary, then 17, was still at home. Angelo Derago, who went by his middle name of Frank, followed his brothers and worked at Campbell Soup before entering the Army in early 1941.  He had made his home at 2014 Cooper Street, Camden NJ, in the same neighborhood in which he had grown up.

Sergeant Derago Angelo F. Derago died while a member of the United States Army during World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the Japanese on Leyte, and was later wounded in fighting on the island of Mindanao on May 20, 1945. Evacuated to an Army hospital in Cleveland OH, he died on the night of Monday August 13, 1945. His death was reported in the August 16, 1945 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. 

Angelo F. Derago was survived by his parents, brothers John, Robert, and Anthony, and sisters Mrs. Mary Petruzzi and Mrs. Angeline Santore. A Requiem High Mass was celebrated on August 18, 1945 at St. Joseph's church at 29th and FederalStreets in Camden.