|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1945|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1968|
Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam
The Philadelphia Inquirer - April 10, 1968
Seebee James Francis Galati, 23, of 2515 S. 20th st., fatally wounded March
31 near Hue.
Galati was serving with a Seebee unit stationed at a campsite near Hue. He
suffered a shrapnel wound during an enemy attack on the campsite and died en
route to a hospital.
A graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, he was in a Navy Reserve unit,
serving aboard a destroyer, when he transferred to the Seebees.
Galati, slated to return home in June and to be married June 16 to Catherine
Messina, of 1923 S. 20th st., is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
C. Galati, and two sisters, Myra, 22, and Jeanine, 8.
Galati was drawn to water-he was a seaman in the Sea Scouts and a scuba
diver-but his first love was dancing. His mother said that he was
considering a career as a dancer, having proved his talent in many amateur
performances. His hobbies included listening to music, lifting weights, and
working out on a trampoline. A 1963 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School,
Galati worked as an automotive machinist for the Marymore Auto Supply Store
before joining the Navy in 1967. Galati found life aboard ship too confining
and asked to be sent to Viet Nam. A devout Roman Catholic, Galati never
missed Mass despite the fighting that raged around the Navy and Marine
installations in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province. The 23-year-old Seebee
construction mechanic died in the Station Hospital at Da Nang on March 31,
1968, the day President Lyndon Johnson halted bombing above the 20th
Parallel in North Viet Nam and said he would not seek re-election. He was
survived by his parents and two sisters.
Holy Cross Cemetery
Plot: Sec. 47, Range 24, Lot 95, Center Grave
Created by: dh
Record added: Mar 14, 2014
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