Historical records matching WT2 Michael J Giovenazzo
About WT2 Michael J Giovenazzo
Michael Giovenazzo, 21, a water tender on a U.S. battleship in the Pacific war zone who was previously listed as missing on December 22 and later reported safe, was officially listed as a casualty today by the navy department.
Mr. and Mrs. George Giovenazzo, parents of the young seaman, were notified by letter from Secretary of Navy Frank Knox that the "Giovenazzo" reported safe on Christmas eve was a brother, Joseph.
"Owing to the length of time which has elapsed since your son was first reported missing and due to the fact that no further word has been received about him, the navy department has abandoned all hope of his surviving an engagement in the Pacific," the letter read.
The letter said that Michael had been reported missing on December 12 and that the parents had been notified on December 22. Later, among a list of known dead and survivors, the name of Giovenazzo appeared as a survivor, and the navy department took it to be Michael, the letter stated.
"However, subsequent findings have revealed that the man listed as surviving is a brother, Joseph. The navy department and I extend to you our sincere sympathy and deep sorrow at the loss of your son," the letter signed by the secretary of the navy read.
The Giovenazzo family had received word that Michael was safe on Christmas eve, and the family enjoyed a very happy Christmas. They had received word from Joseph that he was safe shortly after the outbreak of the war with Japan. Another brother, Samuel, is in training for naval service.
Michael was born Jan. 4, 1921, in Moline. He attended East Moline high school before joining the navy four years ago.
Surviving are the parents; three brothers, Joseph and Samuel in the navy, and James at home; seven sisters, Mrs. Robert Smith of East Moline, Mrs. Howard Ickes of Silvis, Mrs. Paul Schold of Moline, and Rose, Anna, Jeanette and Dorothy, all at home, and several nieces and nephews.