MVH Augusta Veteran of the Month – Francesco Giacomazzo
Frank was born October 6, 1918 in Rochester, New York. Frank’s father, Carlo Giacomazzo was a shoemaker who was born in Italy and his mother, Vincenzina Sciacca was a housewife, who was born in Tunisia. Frank was primarily raised by his grandmother and grew up in Casablanca, Morocco. He was fluent in Italian, French and Spanish. He returned to the United States at the outbreak of WWII. Frank later learned to speak English in the service.
He joined the US Army Air Crop/ US Army Air Force on April 28, 1942 and was honorably discharged on October 22, 1945. While serving, he advanced to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded a Distinguished Unit Badge, EAME Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Frank was assigned to the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group in England as an airplane electrical mechanic. He was trained and qualified for such work on the P-40, P-47, and P-51 Aircraft. After the war, Frank attended trade school where he learned radio and TV repair, and electronics.
On February 2, 1947 Frank married his wife Jean, in Brooklyn, New York where they initially lived. Frank and Jean had two sons Carl and Sal. Frank and his spouse moved to Florida shortly after his retirement and subsequently moved to Sun City, Arizona, but most summers were spent visiting their sons in Maine and New York. Frank and Jean were married 63 years, and upon his wife’s passing in 2010 Frank moved in with his son Sal in Maine.
Frank worked as an Electronic Technician primary for different aerospace defense contractors. While at Grumman, he worked on several significant programs such as the F-14 Tomcat Navy fighter Jet, NASA’s Apollo program moon lander- Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). He retired from Grumman Aerospace in 1980.
Frank speaks mostly about his life with his wife and their golden years in Sun City, Arizona. He deeply misses his wife and their many happy years together. His greatest accomplishment was providing a good home for his family and instilling a solid work ethic in his sons by his example. There was no repair he would shy away from. Frank has two sons, three grandsons and one great-grandson. No girls have been born into this Giacomazzo family so far!
We are happy to have Frank Giacomazzo part of our MVH Family.