Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until October 14, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.
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Michael, who resided in Pennsylvania, served as a Seaman First Class on the U.S.S. Bristol, U.S. Navy during World War II.
The Bristol, while escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, was struck on the port side at the forward engine room by a single torpedo from U-boat U-371 commanded by Waldemar Mehl. The Bristol was broken in half by the single explosion and sank. The Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew.
Michael was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.
He had served in the Navy for one year and eleven months at the time of his death and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Son of Michael Joseph Safian, Sr. and Mrs. Victoria Ellis who resided in Wilmington, Delaware.
Service # 2440539
The Bristol received three battle stars for her World War II service.
( Bio by: Russ Pickett )