Samuel P. BIFARELLA

 

BIFARELLA samuel p
ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO-212059
AGE27 yo
DATE OF BIRTH7 february 1917
STATENEW YORK
FAMILY-
RANKLieutenant Junior Grade
FONCTIONNaval officer  usnr
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--NY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT-
BOATUSS Frament 
ARMYUS Navy Réserve
DATE OF DEATHNovember 15, 1944

BIFARELLA samuel p tombe

 

BIFARELLA samuel p stele

STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHOff the Azores
DATA PLANMissing In Action : Off the Azores when USS Frament convoy crashed the Italian Submarin Luigi Settembrini
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY from St James

Map Brittany American Cemetery

GRAVE
Tablets of the Missing
DECORATION
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
Combat Action Ribboncombat action
usnr 
 
On 15 November 1944, a collision west of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean between the destroyer escort USS FRAMENT (DE-677) and the captured Italian Royal Submarine LUIGI SETTEMBRINI claimed the life of my father, Lt(jg) Samuel P. Bifarella, USNR.

uss flament

The submarine was being escorted by the FRAMENT from Gibraltar to Bermuda via the Azores as, I believe; a part of an Allied campaign to remove Italian naval vessels from their Mediterranean ports to avoid scuttling by the Italian Navy or capture by the Germans.
My father, who spoke Italian fluently, was the senior member of the United StatesItalian Communication Liaison Unit aboard the sub when the accident occurred.
His body, along with two US Navy enlisted men, four Italian officers and 38 Italian enlisted men, was never recovered and was presumed lost.

INFORMATION SOURCESABMC - Fold3.com - HonorStates.org - Highbeam.com - Worlnavalships.com
PICTURE SOURCEJF PELLOUAIS
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud