Saturday, October 13, 2018

PVT John Vincent Barazotto

PVT John Vincent Barazotto was born 8 Aug 1894 in Manhattan, New York. He was the 2nd of 8 children born to Louis (Luigi) and Olympia (Buchignani). His parents were both natives of Italy.  His father worked in a bakery and later was able to own his own bakery and grocery. John was married to Catherine Chiecco on 24 May 1913.  The would have a daughter in 1915 and a son in 1917. In 1917, John was working as a printer for the West Broadway Printing Company at 423 West Broadway. The couple lived at 178 West Houston Street, New York.

John was inducted on 4 May 1918. He was assigned to the 4th Recruit Company of the General Service Infantry at Fort Slocum, New York on 7 May 1918.  On 9 May 1918 he was reassigned to the 6th Recruit Company at Camp McClellan, Alabama.  John was again transferred on 20 May 1918, this time to M Company 116th Infantry. John and M Company boarded the USS Finland in Hoboken, New Jersey and departed for France on 15 Jun 1918.  They arrived at Saint Nazaire on 28 Jun 1918 and were moved to a training site where they trained in trench warfare.  M Company then was sent to a "quiet" sector to acclimatize to live in the trenchs.  On 8 Oct 1918, the regiment was part of a "push" and sometime between the 8 and 13 Oct 1918, PVT Barazotto was wounded.  He died of his wound(s) on 13 Oct 1918.  His youngest son, John, would be born the next day, 14 Oct 1918.

PVT Barazotto was repatriated in June 1921, being returned aboard the Wheaton to the port of departure, Hoboken, New Jersey. John was re-interred with family in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Wife Catherine would re-marry in 1920. Son, John Vincent Barazotto Jr., served in the U.S. Navy during WW2. John has many living descendents.

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