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Michael Desola
August 20, 1923 - June 10, 1944 (aged 20)
PVT. Mike Desola
A portrait of Michael Desola.
Place of birth Usa South Philadelphia
Place of death 2000px-Civil and Naval Ensign of France Highway 13, Carentan, France
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Pfc Private
Unit 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
Battles/wars Battle of Normandy
  • Purple Heart Lane
Appears Road to Hill 30
Earned in Blood

Private Michael Desola was a member of Baker's Dozen

BackgroundEdit

Desola had three passions in life: fighting the Germans, playing baseball, and Italian food. He wanted to go back to Philadelphia and one day take over his family's Italian restaurant from his father.

Early LifeEdit

Desola was from South Philadelphia, and has 12 siblings. Desola grew close to Hartsock in training, sharing stories of bar fights. Desola spent his 20th birthday on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and was known to be complacent even in the face of death.

Road To Hill 30Edit

Desola becomes part of the squad and stays with Baker throughout the game. After Third Platoon's plane was hit by a German FlaK, the squad jumped in disorder, leaving them scattered around an area several miles in diameter. Desola was one of those men, linking up with his sergeant; Matt Baker, with Corporal Corrion two days after the parachute drop outside Saint-Côme-du-Mont. Desola is part of Baker's team throughout most levels on Road To Hill 30.

Earned In BloodEdit

Desola also plays a prominent role in Earned In Blood too. He is first seen in Château Colombières, where he; Allen and Garnett accompanied Corporal Hartsock; acting leader of the battered Second Squad, in taking over Château Colombières, a large piece of land renovated by the Germans as a command station for Colombières.

The next morning on June 9th, Allen and Gernett would be killed by a German Fallschirmjaeger while on patrol with Private Leggett. This prompted a number of arguments over if Leggett was a traitor. Desola, who was friends with the deceased, held a grudge against Leggett.

DeathEdit

The next day on June 10th, 3rd Platoon reached Highway N13 on their way to Carentan on June 10th, where they met Lt. Col. Robert Cole and their comrades of 3rd Battalion. After running across an open field and escaping the German riflemen on the other side of the Douve River, the survivors prepared to crawl through the Belgian Gate to reach the other end of a bridge.

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Hartsock staring at Desola's mutilated corpse, feeling sad for the loss of another friend.

Meanwhile, a Junker Ju 87 (known to the allies as the "Stuka dive bomber") flew over the area and bombed the bridge. One of the bombs hit and killed Desola and a few others, ripping his torso open and leaving an horrific and bloody

corpse for 3rd Platoon to witness as they climbed through the wrecked bridge.

Upon finding his body, Hartsock, a good friend to Desola, threw his helmet into the river. Desola's body was left on the bridge as the other men charged through the the field and made camp in the barn. There are several bodies under sheets at the base but it is unknown whether one of them is Desola's as his may have had too much blood/gore and was too far away to carry.

Gallery Edit

TriviaEdit

  • He is of Italian descent.
  • After Allen and Garnett were killed, he picked up the 'Death Pistol' without Red or Baker seeing him as they were too busy getting on at Leggett. Corrion didn't see him either because he was trying to stand up for Leggett.
  • In the mission Cole's Charge when you see Desola's corpse he has corporal stripes but he is actually a private.
  • In the Earned in Blood mission "Three Patrol Action", it is mentioned by Allen that he (Desola) still owes him (Allen) $6 for shoving a Fort Bragg donut into Allen's mouth. It can be concluded that he was also formally from the 82nd.
  • Desola uses a M1A1 Thompson in Earned in Blood and in most of the levels in Road to Hill 30 but in "Buying the Farm" he uses the M1 Carbine and in "Purple Heart Lane" he uses the M1 Garand.

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