Chapter 2: Reverie

Tracing the period from Fred's enlistment through assignment to Drew Field was possible through the souvenirs he'd retained, like drivers licenses and enlisted men's club membership cards, as well as class notes, diplomas, and VA medical records. I also had heard many stories about my father from his sisters while I was growing up, and those were useful as well.

Fred Martini with his older sister Lucille standing in front of their parents, Mary Rose and Federico; taken at Coney Island around 1925.