Boffi, Francesco Verrznzio, MM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1952-1952, MM-0000, USS Heermann (DD-532)
Service Years
1942 - 1953
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MM-Machinists Mate
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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
1922
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Boffi, Francesco Verrznzio (Bunko), MM1.
 
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Last Address
2323 Pebble Beach Blvd
Orlando , FL 32826

Date of Passing
Jun 13, 2017
 
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PO1 Frank Boffi (USN 1942-1953)

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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Nov 2, 2014
   
Personal Memories

Memories
This one became a history making battle. We were part of the invasion forces on Easter Sunday. April 1, 1945. It was known as the Battle of Okinawa. We were involved for several days in shore battery, a couple of convoys and then on the picket line. 11 May 1945 was our demise.

NOTE: The video I sent you has all the rest of the History; you can extract whatever you want from that and from our web site.

It was in this battle that I was burned over 85% of my body. We ruptured a 600 PSI 490 Deg. Steam line in the forward engine room. That was my duty and battle station. I happened to be in the lower level helping with feed pump problems and therefore had to come up two levels through live steam to make it to the main deck.

I have little personal knowledge of how I got off the ship, how I was picked up as a survivor, etc. It was several days before I was a patient aboard the U S Hospital Ship USS Solace. From there I spent the next 4 ½ months in various hospitals. While I was in the ?? Tent City ?? hospital on Tinian Island
I was selected to be sent back to the Naval Receiving Hospital in San Francisco , Ca. after several weeks I was sent to Coeur D??Elaine, Id and eventually to Sun Valley Naval Hospital . It was late Oct. 1945 when I was sent to Ft. Louis, Wa . for further transfer to Boston , Mass. For discharge to civilian life. I was discharged 05, Nov 1945.

   
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  • Abbott, Earl James, Cox, (1943-1946)
  • Adams, Richard W, PO2, (1943-1947)
  • Albanesi, Thomas, PO1, (1943-1946)
  • Bagby, Henry Lawton, CAPT, (1941-1970)
  • Baldwin, Robert B., VADM, (1941-1980)
  • Barr, John Andrew, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Baylor, Warner, LCDR, (1942-1963)
  • Beam, Joe, MCPO, (1941-2004)
  • Bell, Lloyd, PO3, (1942-1948)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
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