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.
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.