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Amsterdam in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M

 
 
Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 2, 2011
1. Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M Marker
Inscription.
Submarine Combat World War II
United States USS Squalus 192
Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M
A Survivor of the Submarine U.S.S. Squalus, which sank on May 23, 1939 off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. A faulty main induction valve caused the engine rooms to fill with sea water trapping 26 sailors who drowned. Thirty three others were in the forward section of the Submarine where water-tight doors held back the water. All 33 were rescued by using a rescue bell, designed by Swede Momsen but never used until this disaster. The bell was lowered 3 times to the depth of 240 ft. and secured to an escape hatch bringing up 25 men to the surface. The bell was lowered a fourth time to bring up the remaining eight. Dan Persico, just 21 years of age, was in the last bell. Disaster struck again. The down-haul cable, attached to the bell jammed and couldn't be freed. This cable was then cut leaving the bell attached only to the surface by a single cable that became frayed except for one strand. After several attempts to attach a new cable failed, the bell was raised slowly by hand to prevent breaking the one remaining strand. The final eight men were brought safely to the surface. Chief Persico received the Bronze Star, the Submarine Combat Pin, and Battle Stars during World War II. He also served in the Korean
Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 2, 2011
2. Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M Marker
The marker is at the base of the pine tree, to the left of the Veterans Memorial.
Conflict. When Dan retired from the U.S. Navy he returned to Amsterdam, NY where he lived.
Donato (Dan) Persico died on January 26, 2001.

 
Location. 42° 56.046′ N, 74° 11.801′ W. Marker is in Amsterdam, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is set back in the Veterans Memorial Park, to the left of the memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Amsterdam NY 12010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweet Canal Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chuctanunda Terrace Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Mother Lake" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sanford Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Green Hill Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Guy Park (was approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Guy Park, 1766 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hurricana Stock Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Also see . . .  Donato "Daniel" Persico on Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 9, 2016, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Amsterdam's South Side Veteran's Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 2, 2011
3. Amsterdam's South Side Veteran's Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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