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Louis Noto

Louis Noto

United States Army
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Louis J. Noto joined the National Guard in 1939 as a means to supplement his family's income. Shortly thereafter he became a part of the 27th Division National Guard and participated in the 1939 War Games in Alabama. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 27th Division was nationalized as the 105th Infantry Division, Company G. Private Noto's first stop was California and then Hawaii. Louis fought in the Ryuku's and Western Pacific Campaigns. His most notable battles were Saipan, Tarawa, and Okinawa. It was in Saipan that Louis earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the Japanese Imperial Army's last ditch effort, Bonzai Charge. Louis was discharged from the Army after the war on October 4, 1945. He returned to Amsterdam, married the former Mary Messineo and raised two sons until his passing at the age of 94. During his lifetime in Amsterdam Louis was involved in many community and church activities. Most notable were the Amsterdam Wee Men's Baseball League, St Michael Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, National Commander of the 27th Division and the St. Michael Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2011 Louis J. Noto was inducted into the Amsterdam Baseball Hall of Fame for his many years of dedication to youth baseball in the City of Amsterdam.