S1 Gernaro Joseph Andonelli

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S1 Gernaro Joseph Andonelli

Death 21 Apr 1945 (aged 23–24)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy
Memorial ID 56245334 · View Source
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WOODBRIDGE - The war is far from over judging from the ever increasing casualty lists, as in the township two more men were listed as dead, making a total of 119, who have given their lives in this war.

Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal has notified Mr. and Mrs. Pelegrino Andonelli, 30 Daniel Street, Port Reading, that their son, Gernaro Joseph Andonelli, Seaman 1/C, USNR, who has been carried on the official records in the Navy Department in the "status of missing in action since 20 April 1944" is now presumed to be dead. The letter states in part: "He was a member of the armed guard crew serving on board the SS Paul Hamilton when the vessel, struck by a torpedo launched from an enemy plane exploded and subsequently sank off the coast of French North Africa. A complete search of the area by other vessels in the convoy proved unsuccessful in locating any survivors and no trace of your son could be found.

"In view of the length of time that has elapsed without any indication your son survived, I am reluctantly forced to the conclusion that he is deceased. I extempt my deepest sympathy to you for your sorrow. It is hoped that may find comfort in the knowledge that your son gave his life for his country, upholding the highest traditions of the Navy."

Seaman Andonelli, 24 years old, had been serving five months when he lost his life. He went to Port Reading School and was formerly employed by Foster-Wheeler Corporation, Carteret and the Robbins Rankin Lumber Co., Port Reading.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Joseph, S1/C, stationed in Philadelphia; three sisters, Theresa, at home, Mrs. Jennie Magyar, Port Reading and Mrs. Mary Kocsis, Perth Amboy.

Article can be found in Fords Beacon, May 17, 1945, page 1

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Jersey.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Gernaro Joseph Andonelli (1921–21 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245334, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Jessi-Schnittchen (contributor 47529821) .