Sunday, March 6, 2011

10th Port

Decimo Porto (10th Port) pizzeria, LivornoThere are probably not many restaurants in the world named after a battalion of the U.S. Army. “Decimo Porto” is exactly 10th Port, which was, in the last war, a unit of the 7th Sustainment Brigade.Liberty ships, September 1944, port of Leghorn, LivornoOn September 1, 1944, the 10th Port deployed to the heavily damaged port at Leghorn, Italy, where the unit continued to support U.S. Fifth Army. On November 25, 1945, the 10th Port assumed responsibility for port operations at both Naples and Leghorn. Although the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945, the 10th Battalion still had to run the ports while units departed the continent. It was finally inactivated on January 31, 1947.

(U.S. Army Sea Tales by Walter L. Grey Jr.)

“Decimo Porto” (10th Port), at the time and after the war, became another name for Livorno.

20 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you for the information VP, I didn't know that.

Farmchick said...

Nice post, as I wasn't aware!

Randy said...

Very interesting. I also like the way the wheel almost reflects the windows frame

brattcat said...

i really appreciate your dedication as an historian, VP.

Jack said...

I have learned about Leghorn/Livorno through you, VP.

ρομπερτ said...

What a thoughtful sentence 'in the last war' ... Thank you for teaching me something I did not know before.

Please have a good Sunday you all.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. I think you might be right about the restaurant's name!

Funny but for some reason I tend to forget that Italy wasn't an Ally during the Second World War. Yes, I know about Mussolini but I just never think about Americans invading Italy.

Small City Scenes said...

So much history and you so full of information. Thank you. MB

Dina said...

Such different times those were for Livorno, judging from your photos and information.

Traveling Hawk said...

You give us so many details about Livorno, unknown by a tourist. Thank you, VP!

Elettra said...

Ogni angolo del nostro paese è storia e c'è tanto da raccontare!!!

joo said...

Very interesting post- I like your short history lessons!
Happy Sunday:)

cieldequimper said...

Yes, another interesting post. I hope the food is better than post war rations though.

Doug Hickok said...

I find your historical approach to your photography interesting. But it goes beyond that too, you have a sharp eye for composition and the telling detail.

Theanne and Baron said...

Ciao VP, so interesting...I was not aware of this. During WWII Don went into Europe, with the Armies 42nd Rainbow Division, at Marseilles France. I'm not sure but I don't believe he was ever in Italy during WWII. I enjoy the B & W photos! And the fact there is a restaurant named for a battalion of the US Army! BTW where is Camp Darby located in relationship to Livorno?

VP said...

@ Theanne - Camp Darby is halfway between Livorno and Pisa, but it is still called U.S. Army Garrison Livorno.

Theanne and Baron said...

Ciao VP...when Don (retired Army) was in Livorno in 1982 he was a civilian working for a company (Crowley Maritime) that subcontracted from the Navy to provide men, equipment and logistical support for accidents which happened on the sea. The immediate response equipment for that area was stored at Camp Darby. The guys he went over with stayed at the Hotel Golf...about halfway between Pisa and Livorno. I made my first international call to Livorno...LOL Thank you for the information.

Saluti!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's very interesting!
I like a lot the way they wrote the sign there, and your picture is a beautiful composition, with the lamps, great details!
Léia

Joe said...

Nice site. I came across this while researching information on my uncle, who was in Italy in WWII. I have picture of him and his unit in front of a 10th Port entrance in Leghorn

JM said...

Probably it's the only one... :-) Great post.