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

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A woman in Italy got her birthday cake “returned” almost 77 years after World War II soldiers got away with the homemade treat.

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

At the time, Mion was 12 years old. She had been sheltering in the attic of her family’s farm in San Pietro in Gù, a small municipality in northeastern Italy, located in the province of Padua.

Meri Mion, 90, was presented with a special birthday cake by the U.S. Army garrison in Italy to replace the one she lost 77 years earlier.

Meri Mion, 90, was presented with a special birthday cake by the U.S. Army garrison in Italy to replace the one she lost 77 years earlier.
(Laura Kreider / US Army Garrison Italy)

The battle ended when her 13th birthday came around April 29, 1945. Her mother reportedly baked a cake for her to celebrate it and put it on their windowsill to cool off.

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Unfortunately, Mion never got to taste his mother’s homemade cake. That’s because “resourceful U.S. soldiers” had taken the cake, according to Colonel Matthew Gomlak, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Italy.

“Her happiness turned to disappointment,” Gomlak said in a statement.

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

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

The US Army Garrison Italy met to replace the cake that Mion lost all those years ago for his 90th birthday.

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

“It was a little awkward, but it makes me feel great to give her the cake,” Wallis said in a statement.

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Hundreds of people joined the US Army Garrison Italy to wish Mion a happy birthday, which included locals, Italian soldiers and veterans, carabinieri and American veterans.

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

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

In a video that the garrison uploaded to YouTube, participants are shown singing the Italian and English version of “Happy Birthday” to Mion.

Mion’s 90th birthday cake included white frosting, chocolate icing, decorative candy, fresh fruit, and a written message saying, “Congratulations on your 90th birthday” (“Buon 90 complanno”).

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

She said she “will never forget” the moment.

Fox News Digital contacted US Army Garrison Italy for a 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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