Ettore Porreca was born in Torricella Peligna (Italy) on December 9, 1920.
In December of 1929 Ettore immigrated with his family to Buffalo, New York.
He was also a very talented musician. Ettore began to play the trumpet in sixth grade, and he studied photography at Seneca Vocational High School in Buffalo. He would go on to become both a professional trumpet player and a professional photographer. Ettore’s musical career began when he was about fifteen old. He played in various bands and eventually he performed in prominent night spots in Buffalo.
As a photographer, Ettore achieved national recognition. He won many awards and much acclaim. The Professional Photographers of America granted him the prestigious titles of “Master of Photography” and “Craftsman of Photography” for the outstanding quality of his work and for his contributions to the profession.
Ettore was a United States Army motion picture combat cameramen and photographer during World War II. He received his training at the famous Signal Corps Photography Laboratory in Astoria, New York.
In the summer of 1945, he was in Hawai with the 98th Division of the U.S. Army preparing for the invasion of Japan. After the surrender of Japan, the 98th Division went there in the first wave of the occupation. The equipment Ettore used was the Bell & Howell Eyemo and the Speed Graphic for stills. He finished his service as sergeant.
Ettore was also so kind to send some more stills of his 5 months tour in Japan.
Unit of Service: Army Signal Corps, Southeast Asia Command.
Location of Service: Burma Ceylon; Philippines; Japan; China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater.
Ettore passed away on October 19, 2013.
But his legacy continues. You can discover great photos on this website : www.ettoreinjapan.com