August 12, 1920 (Westport, CT) – February 14, 1944; 23 years old; married to Evelyn Arnold Venezia on September 23, 1943
Last local address: 299 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted October 3, 1942
Service number: 31193038
450TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 723RD BOMBER SQUADRON
Oldest of six children.
Awarded the Air Medal (3 times)
Initially listed as Missing In Action, declared dead February 14, 1944.
From The Norwalk Hour, June 25, 1945
Staff Sergeant Peter J. Venezia of the Army Air Force, an engineer gunner was killed in action in Europe on February 14, 1944, the date on which he was previously reported as missing in action, according to the War Department telegrams received yesterday by his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Arnold Venezia of 144 Flax Hill Road, and his mother, Mrs. Pauline Ferraro of 299 Westport Avenue. The message from Adjutant General Uho said in part, “Staff Sergeant Peter J. Venezia, who was previously reported missing in action, was killed in action on February 14, 1944, over Italy… unavoidable circumstances made necessary the unusual lapse in time in reporting his death.” Staff Sergeant Venezia, who was awarded the Air Medal and oak leaf clusters for meritorious achievement after he was reported as missing, was with the Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport before he went into the Army in October 1942. He had his basic training at Atlantic City, New Jersey, later attending Mechanics School at Goldsboro, North Carolina. Subsequent stations were in Florida, New Mexico, and Utah. He went overseas in November 1943. Besides his wife, to whom he was married on September 23, 1943, and his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Technical Sergeant Michael Venezia, now in this country after several months of overseas service; and Louis Venezia of this city; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Lomazzo, Mrs. Vera Fiore, and Miss Olympia Venezia of this city; a half-sister, Miss Mary Gugliemella of this city and a half-brother, Private First Class Pat Gugliemella of the U.S. Army.
Memorialized in Old Assumption Cemetery, Westport, Connecticut
Remains were returned to the United States in 1949. Peter is interred at Riverside Cemetery; Section 11, Plot 1.