S2 Michael Joseph Safian Jr.

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S2 Michael Joseph Safian Jr.

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 Oct 1943 (aged 18)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy
Memorial ID 56250122 View Source
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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 )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56250122
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for S2 Michael Joseph Safian Jr. (10 Nov 1924–13 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56250122, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .