Barsanti brothers honored with scholarship
By Curtis Vickers '07 M.A.
When the U.S. entered the fray of World War II, Tonopah, Nev., natives Olinto, Angelo, William and Elio Barsanti answered the call to duty. Each brother acquitted himself with valor. During the War, Olinto '40 (business) served as an Army Ranger. Later, with more than 45 honors and awards (including seven Purple Hearts) and after commanding the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, he retired from the Army in 1971 as a Major General. Angelo served on the Pacific front and retired from the Navy in 1962 as a Commander with six medals. William was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was held prisoner in Poland for five months, and Elio '50 (economics) served in the 707th Medical Transport Battalion and was a Military Police O ﬃcer in France and Germany guarding German POWs.
Now, to honor their service to their country and their love of the University and the state of Nevada, the Barsanti family established the Barsanti Brothers Military and Veterans Scholarship Endowment. To support those who are called to serve and strive to excel in the classroom, the scholarship will be given to U.S. military veterans at the University and students enrolled in the Nevada Wolf Pack ROTC Battalion. The University's ROTC program was established in 1916 to succeed the original Wolf Pack Battalion, founded in 1888 as part of the University Corps of Cadets.
"The Barsanti brothers provide an incredible example to our students. In addition to their rigorous intellectual curiosity, they demonstrate a willingness to serve their country in order to make the world a safer place," says Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations John Carothers. "This endowment honors their commitment while supporting students willing to follow in their footsteps. Their lives will continue to inspire for generations to come."
Photos: Elio '50, Angelo and William Barsanti in 1992; Olinto Barsanti '40 in 1967. All four Barsanti brothers served during WWII and at-tended the University. In their honor, the Barsanti family has established the Barsanti Brothers Military and Veterans Scholarship Endowment. Photos courtesy of the Barsanti family