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STUTTGART, Germany — Frank DeCicco was a fixture here.

For years, the man who made Stuttgart his home after World War II pitched in at the mail room, took part in local Veterans of Foreign Wars events and volunteered around post.

On Sunday, DeCicco’s friends will hold a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. at Patch Barracks chapel to honor the former Army sergeant who died last month after a battle with prostate cancer.

"I admired the man. There was uniqueness to his personality," said Charles Craig, commander of VFW Post 10810 in Stuttgart.

The VFW and the local American Legion chapter are organizing the service.

DeCicco, who took part in the Normandy invasion, settled down in Germany after the war. Originally from California, he sold insurance for many years in the greater Stuttgart area.

"He retired from the German system and came to work with AAFES," Craig said.

Friends, who described DeCicco as a feisty guy, said he had a few issues with his new employer. In 2001, he sued the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for age discrimination, arguing that his contract to sell shoes at the post exchange was not renewed because of his age. The case was dismissed because he waited too long to file the complaint.

Soon after that he started volunteering in the Patch Barracks mailroom.

"He was a good old guy," said Wade Green, a post office employee.

He said DeCicco stopped working a few months back because of health issues.

"Everybody liked him and got along with him."

Other than a daughter who lives in France, DeCicco has no living family members, Craig said.

"He was involved in community service and he was an absolute gentleman," Craig said. "The fact was, the man was one of the last World War II vets around here. I feel like anyone who serves in a war zone deserves to be recognized."

DeCicco’s ashes will be shipped to Arlington National Cemetery where he will be buried, Craig said.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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