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Lenny Rizzo

All 4 of my grandparents came from the same town in Sicily called Castellamare del Gulfo. My fathers parents went back and forth between the US and Sicily from the early 1900’s through the 1930’s. My father’ older sister was born in America, but my father was born in Sicily. He came to the US in 1947 after WWII. In 1951 he joined the US Navy. He was on overnight watch for the ship he was on in the port of Algiers. He was 18 years old. 5 Arabic nationals decided to take over the ship. He single handedly shot and disarmed the attackers. Stopping them from gaining access to the ship. He received a medal for his honor and 60 years latter in 2012, he received an accommodation and a gold watch from the Navy for his valor in protecting the ship.