After 72 years, Italian POW’s Utah grave visited by relatives

Jul 29, 2015 1898

by Paul Rolly

Beneath the protective shade of a large poplar tree in the southeast corner of the historic Fort Douglas Cemetery lies the grave of Nicola Daugenti, the first Italian World War II prisoner of war to die in Utah. His family was informed of the 21-year-old sailor's death in 1943, but relatives had no idea of his whereabouts until last year.

That was when Italian artist and filmmaker Roberto Dal Bosco came to Utah to present his Renaissance painting video animation at The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City. He learned that 12 of his countrymen were buried in the cemetery, and he became passionate about who they were, where they hailed from in Italy and what became of their families.

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