July 24, 1920 (Chingford, Essex, England) – July 28, 1944; 24 years old
Last local address: 2 Sunwich Road, Rowayton
Enlisted July 13, 1942
Service number: O-016062
Unit: 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion

Born to John Van Wie Bergamini Sr. (1888-1973) and Clara Hawke Bergamini (1893-1989). Two brothers Alexander H. (1926-1932) and David H. (1928-1983). Two sisters, Dorothy J. (1921-1993) and Elizabeth Bergamini Lucas (1936-).

John “Jack” Von Wie Bergamini Jr. was killed by a Japanese sniper on Guam, on July 28, 1944. He joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Columbia to rescue his family, American missionaries, who were being held in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. His family was liberated from the prison on or about February 7, 1945, a little more than 6 months after Lt Bergamini’s death.

The Kent School, Kent, Connecticut Class of ‘39

From the Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk NY) February 7, 1945

1945-02-07 Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk NY)

Lt Bergamini is buried in Athens Rural Cemetery, 16 North Church Street, Athens, New York; Lot 294. Photo provided via e-mail on December 14, 2019, by John Gotebiowski, Secretary, Athens Rural Cemetery. Records indicate his ashes were buried on or about July 23, 1975.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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