Il Primo

Bernardino Bernardini was il primo, the firstborn son and expected to take care of the family in America even at 6 years old. Why?

In 1901, newly arrived in Chicago, he learned English immediately.  He became an American and loved this country.  So why did he join the Italian Army before his 21st birthday?  Why was he gone for four years, four months and fourteen days?  His journals answer some of those questions and I have tried to answer the rest.

Pro Patria – for the fatherland. . . but if as they sometimes say, “Italy is your mother but America is your father,” why did he enlist in a World War to choose between his parents?

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