Do you mean they were in the Philippines at the end of WWII? If so, we are definitely on the same page!
My grandfather, Peter, was in the Philippines at the end of WWII. I never knew that he met anyone with the name Arrigemma as you describe, but I don’t doubt it.
Unfortunately, my grandfather died 11 years ago, but my grandmother survives him and is in great condition (as in- she is VERY interested in learning more information)
As a matter of fact, I was in Sacks 5th Avenue purchasing a necklace last Christmas. When I took off the necklace I was wearing with my grandfather's WWII Dog Tags, the woman at the counter (a 40 something Philippine woman) asked me if my grandfather was in the Philippines during WWII. She recognized the name, though she could be certain, as one of the soldiers that would bring her and her friends American candy each week. My grandmother confirmed this story, that my grandfather did tell her that he did that, but I have never been able to find that saleswoman. I go to Sacks every other week to see if she’s there so we can talk more. If I ever get in touch with her, I will let you know. Just thought that was interesting!
In any event, my grandfather was born in February of 1928, so they would be the same age and is from Monteforte.
Why don’t you send me a direct email at email@example.com
so we can keep a correspondence? I am very excited.