|Fireman John Mazzone served on the destroyer USS Nelson.|
John Anthony Mazzone could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 24, 1917 in New York. His parents were both born in Italy and came to America in 1907. John had an older brother and sister and a younger brother and two younger sisters. By 1940 he had completed high school and was working as a printer. His mother was a widow by then.
He was married to Mildred Mazzone.
John Mazzone served as a Fireman 2nd Class on the destroyer USS Nelson which became part of the Atlantic fleet. The Nelson saw action in the invasion of Sicily and was a late arrival to support the D-Day Invasion on D+2. The Nelson's duty was to screen out German submarines and E-boats from threatening the ships supporting the landing. On the evening of June 12-13 the Nelson was hit by a torpedo that blew off her stern. Twenty four sailors were killed, including Fireman Mazzone
Fireman Mazzone was originally buried in North Ireland. His remains were returned after the war to be buried at Long Island National Cemetery. I don't know if his wife ever remarried.
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