My Dad’s Navy Uniform 50 Years Later Shipped From Detroit

About three months ago I got a phone call from my dad’s first cousin Joe from Detroit (yet another Joe Ciaramitaro).  Joe follows the blog daily and tells me he knows more about what is going on in Gloucester due to GMG than he does in his own town in Michigan.  This is something that I hear from Friends of the Blog all over the country.  Joe tells me he feels as if he could walk down the street and know everyone in town.

Anyway, cousin Joe’s mom, my dad’s aunt had his Navy uniform hanging in her closet for almost 50 years. I’m not sure how the uniform found it’s way to Michigan, perhap[s cousin Joe will write in the comment section and explain the story better than I can. 

My dad was stationed in Key West- tough gig, huh?  He was aboard the USS Saufley and from what he tells me part of his tour included circling Cuba during The bay of Pigs aboard the Saufley.

Well Joe shipped a box with his Navy uniform and sailors cap directly to my house where we stashed it away so we could wrap it and have my dad open it for Christmas. 

The uniform wouldn’t have even fit me but nephew BJ tried it on while everyone sat around stunned. 

It was a great surprise and made this Christmas super special. 

Thanks Cousin Joe.

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Here is the web page where there are many more photos of the Saufley and stories about it’s tenure in The US Navy.

Here is the page on the USS Saufley Website Where My Dad’s Listed on the Roster in 1960.  It says his rank was SA but I have no idea what that means.

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8 Responses to My Dad’s Navy Uniform 50 Years Later Shipped From Detroit

  1. Frank says:

    Thats a great story and a great shot of your Dad and Nephew.

  2. Sista Felicia says:

    Cousin Joe,
    Thank you so much, for this treasure. My brother Joey couldn’t have planned a better night to give it to my father. It was super special & fun to hear all the kids trying to guess what was in the box. Even more fun when my dad tried to get it on! We are all still trying to figure out how much he must have weighed back in the day,b/c it barely fit my son BJ. I’m going to have it put in a museum frame & display it mom & dad’s new house!

  3. starsquiggle says:

    That’s great, Joey….I bet your Dad was flooded with emotion…

  4. Ed Collard says:

    Great story and a wonderful way to share family history with BJ. Fantastic.

  5. pat Ciaramitaro says:

    It was a very special Christmas. Thanks cousin Joe for sending Libby’s navy uniform.
    It was very emotional and beautiful to share with our children and grandchildren.

  6. Helen LEwis says:

    Joey, what a great gift for Libby. I know that was a very emotional Christmas. Your Dad is a wonderful man and Dale and I truly love him and your Mother.

  7. Ryan says:

    Cool beans

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