Joseph Galletta

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Joseph Galletta

Post by ngall15 » 28 Jul 2016, 04:42

I am trying to find out some information about my grandfather, Joseph Galletta. He was born in Italy, but I don't know which city. I cannot remember the exact date of his birth. It was somewhere around March 29, 1925. I am not exactly sure about the day or year. His father was named Natale Galletta. His mother was Marina and her maiden name was Scandora or Scandura (we are not sure of the spelling).

I would like to know where he was born and when he arrived in America.

Now, there is some confusion about his naturalization, and no member of my family is sure what exactly happened. Joseph Galletta was born in Italy and came to America when he was very young, perhaps six months old. He served in the US army during WWII, but he had trouble getting a passport or an Italian visa, (no one is exactly sure which), in the 1970s when he traveled to visit his Italian relatives in Sicily. It seems that when he arrived in America he was listed under his mother's maiden name as Joseph Scandora/Scandura. That is how his name was recorded at Ellis Island, I am told.

I would like to know when he was naturalized and if his name was officially Joseph Galletta or Joseph Scandora/Scandura.

Thank you!

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Re: Joseph Galletta

Post by Tessa78 » 02 Aug 2016, 20:55

Here is a possible arrival manifest for Giuseppe/Joseph... in November 1925

Giuseppe Scanduzza Galletta
New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909
Name Giuseppe Scanduzza Galletta
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 1925
Event Place New York, New York, United States
Gender Male
Age 0 (4 months)
Birth Year (Estimated) 1925
Birthplace Italy
Ship Name Colombo

Traveling with his mother, Marina Scanduzza Galletta (age 27), and his siblings Carmela and Giovanna. Giuseppe's age is listed as 4 months, putting is birth about March/April 1925.
Marina is leaving her father, Rosario, in "Bardonaro" -
Probably • Bordonaro, comune of Messina, Messina, Sicily
Their immigration visa #s are 844, 845, 846, 847 - issued in Messina

They are on lines 25 through 28. ... cc=1923888


POSSIBLE Enlistment Record

Joseph A Galletta
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Joseph A Galletta
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 19 Apr 1944
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place Ft Dix, New Jersey, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1925
Birthplace ITALY or SAN MARINO
Education Level Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch No branch assignment
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference Civil Life
Serial Number 42116928
Affiliate ARC Identifier 1263923
Box Film Number 15058.17


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