US Army Garrison soldiers ‘return’ Italian woman’s birthday cake 77 years later

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A woman in Italy has had her birthday cake ‘returned’ almost 77 years after World War II soldiers got away with the homemade treat.

U.S. Army Garrison Italy replaced the Meri Mion cake lost in 1945 after the 88th Infantry Division fought German forces near its home in Vicenza, Italy that spring, the garrison wrote. in a press release.

At the time, Mion was 12 years old. She had taken refuge in the attic of the family farm in San Pietro in Gù, a small town in northeastern Italy, located in the province of Padua.

Meri Mion, 90, received a special birthday cake from the US Army’s Italian Garrison to replace the one she lost 77 years earlier.
(Laura Kreider / US Army Garrison Italy)

The battle ended by the time his 13th birthday arrived on April 29, 1945. His mother reportedly baked him a cake to celebrate and placed it on their windowsill to cool off.

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Unfortunately, Mion never got to taste her mother’s homemade cake. It was because “resourceful American soldiers” had taken the cake, according to Colonel Matthew Gomlak, commander of the US Army Garrison in Italy.

“His happiness turned into disappointment,” Gomlak said in a statement.

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Meri Mion's 90th birthday in Italy.  sergeant.  Peter Wallis, a military police soldier, presented her with a special cake that the U.S. Army Garrison in Italy ordered for her on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Meri Mion’s 90th birthday in Italy. sergeant. Peter Wallis, a military police soldier, presented her with a special cake that the U.S. Army Garrison in Italy ordered for her on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
(Laura Kreider / US Army Garrison Italy)

The US Army’s Italian garrison came together to replace the cake Mion lost all those years ago on her 90th birthday.

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She was presented with a new cake on Thursday April 28 by Sgt. Peter Wallis, a military police soldier from Seabeck, Washington.

“It was a bit awkward, but it feels good to give him the cake,” Wallis said in a statement.

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Hundreds of people joined the U.S. Army Italian Garrison in wishing Mion a happy birthday, including local residents, Italian soldiers and veterans, riflemen and U.S. veterans.

Meri Mion's 90th birthday cake included white frosting, chocolate frosting, decorative candy pieces and fresh fruit.

Meri Mion’s 90th birthday cake included white frosting, chocolate frosting, decorative candy pieces and fresh fruit.
(Laura Kreider / US Army Garrison Italy)

In a video the Garrison uploaded to YouTube, attendees are shown singing the Italian and English versions of “Happy Birthday” to Mion.

Mion’s 90th birthday cake included white frosting, chocolate frosting, decorative candies, fresh fruit, and a written message that read, “Happy 90th Birthday” (“Buon 90 complanno”).

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Mion told the US Army Italian Garrison that she planned to share the cake with her family on her birthday the next day.

She said she will “never forget” that moment.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the U.S. Army’s Italian Garrison for comment.

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World War II ended on September 2, 1945.

The official end date was four months and five days after Mion’s 13th birthday.

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