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Defendi, Warren Clarence Jr.

Sailor’s Yule Cards Precede News of His Death by 2 Hours

Warren Clarence Defendi, Jr., 18 year old Rockford sailor, was drowned Dec. 6 while in the service of his country, a navy department telegram informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Defendi, Sr., 86 Senate drive. The telegram signed by Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs said Defendi was buried in an allied cemetery on an island in the Pacific pending cessation of hostilities. There were no other details.

The telegram arrived Monday afternoon two hours after Christmas cards addressed by Defendi had been received. A posthumous letter followed on Wednesday written four days before his death. The letter, in cheerful vein, spoke of the time when he would return to the states and marry.

Defendi’s 18th birthday was celebrated Oct. 6. He had entered the navy in November of last year, shortly after he had turned 17. After completing his boot training at Great Lakes and spending six days at Camp Shoemaker, Cal., young Defendi was sent overseas. A letter written in May designated his station as Hawaii, and the parents believe he had been in Pearl Harbor at the time he was drowned. Defendi worked at the Burd Piston Ring company prior to joining the service.

Besides his parents he is survived by three sisters, Elsie, Nancy and Patricia, and two brothers, Wayne and Paul.

Rockford Register-Republic, Rockford, IL 14 Dec 1944

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