Somewhere In Italy

V-Mails From My Father

Perfect Gift For Father's Day!

First Sergeant Robert E Bell loved Italy and the warmth and hospitality of the people who welcomed the Americans into their country. His infantry - the Fifth - marched through the entire country from Salerno, Anzio, Naples and Rome to Florence and Milan crossing over the Apennines to eventual victory in May of 1945.

“We are so excited to promote Maureen's book, which is out just in time for father's day and is perfect for anyone who's father or grandfather may have served in World War II and anyone who enjoys US History. The book is filled with wonderful photographs and memorabilia!”

About The Author:

Maureen Bell Broglia lives in Ridgewood, NJ, the mother of three daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson..


She was born in Providence, RI, on the eve of the historic Day of Infamy - the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her father fought in WWII in the Italian Campaign. He loved Italy and the warmth and hospitality of the people who welcomed the American soldiers into their country. His infantry - The Fifth - marched through the entire country “the boot” from Salerno, Anzio, Naples and Rome to Florence and Milan crossing the Apennines into the Po Valley to eventual victory in May of 1945.

The V-Mails, photographs and other memorabilia which he brought home from North Africa and Italy have deeply impacted her life.

Maureen’s background includes the Federal Government in Washington DC during the first Nixon Administration where she held positions in the Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General and The Environmental Protection Agency, reporting on congressional hearings to the first Director of the Agency.

Her claim to fame is that her boss at the Justice Department was John W. Dean III (She recently went to his latest book signing in NYC).

Following her assignments with the Justice Department and EPA, she moved into the position of Staff Writer and Congressional Liaison for the U.S. Treasury Department, documenting and covering all relevant hearings for the Bureau of Customs.

In the late 70’s she relocated to NJ. Shortly thereafter she was hired by Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters as a public affairs executive. During a maternity leave from J&J she was appointed Finance Director of Tom Kean’s second term for Governor campaign. She served in Governor Kean’s administrations as a legislative liaison.

After her experiences with the private and public sectors in the 90’s, she was introduced to New Community, a non-profit organization located in the Central Ward of Newark.

As executive director of the New Community Foundation She was instrumental in creating programs and raising funds through major events and grants to serve the needs of the disadvantaged of the Central Ward.

Through a grant awarded to New Community, Maureen and representatives of New Community’s K through 8 schools were invited to join a European partnership with K-8 schools in Hungary, Poland and the Czech and Slovak republics under the leadership of WHO - The World Health Organization. Through this  transatlantic partnership Maureen was invited as a delegate to WHO’s fourth annual conference in Jakarta Indonesia. The conference was attended by health ministers and officials throughout the world.

The event of a lifetime!!


As Maureen watched the royal wedding recently, she realized how much she missed the excitement of traveling to London and other major European cities during her exciting career.

Her book took me to Italy with my brother and his wife 4 years ago.


She's planning to return to write another book!