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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 14, 1920
Date of death: June 1, 1944
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1944 Balestrieri LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Salvatore Balestrieri

Buffalo, New York

Sporting a live and let live philosophy, Sam joined our ranks after two years' service afloat. His explosive personality made him a subject of good humor, and his company was always appreciated. Possessing the tenacity of a bull dog, his head was never turned until the job at hand was successfully concluded. Although motivated by a desire to succeed, Sam was not a bookworm. He found a wealth of enjoyment in clean living, good music, and constructive interests. His unselfish efforts in behalf of the "Dago" buckets will long be remembered. Cautious, but a sure bet as far as he goes, the confidence and respect of his men is assured.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

Salvatore served as a Ensign, USS Herring (SS-233), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

Salvatore was declared "Missing In Action" when the Herring was sunk by Japanese shore defense batteries on Matua Island during the war. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 0-282791

See also On Eternal Patrol.

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Class of 1944
Salvatore is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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