Thomas J. Guido was born on February 16, 1916 to Josephine and Thomas Guido who lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The family later moved to Phoenixville. Thomas was the second oldest of eight children. His parents emigrated from Italy to start their family. His father was a laborer at a steel mill
Thomas who liked to be called “Mozzie” graduated from St. Mary’s school, He was well known in Phoenixville as a baseball player, playing for the Community Twilight League. He worked at the Phoenix Iron Company, and was a member of St. Mary’s, the North Side Citizen’s Club, Sons of Italy, St. Anna DiCaserta Lodge, and the Friendship Fire Company.
Thomas enlisted in the Army on April 8, 1941. He served at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Camp Croft, South Carolina, Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and Louisiana on major maneuvers.
Thomas returned home on furlough on Wednesday, March 17, 1943. He appeared healthy when he arrived home, but was stricken ill during his visit. He became violently ill during the visit and was admitted to the hospital. Private First Class Thomas J. Guido Died Non Battle on March 25 from meningococcal meningitis. The funeral was held on Monday March 29th at St. Mary’s Church, followed by interment with full military honors.
Research by Don Wambold