FIRST LIEUTENANT JOHN “JACK” VAN WEI BERGAMINI JR., U.S. MARINE CORPS

July 24, 1920 (Chingford, Essex, England) – July 28, 1944; 24 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 2 Sunwich Road, Rowayton
Enlisted July 13, 1942
Service number: O-016062
1ST PROVISIONAL MARINE BRIGADE, 4TH MARINE REGIMENT, 3RD BATTALION

When John was killed in 1944, his mother lived on Sunwich Road in Rowayton.

The Kent School, Kent, Connecticut Class of ‘39

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

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

Lt Bergamini is buried in Athens Rural Cemetery, Athens NY, 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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