Story Share by: Susan Cyr, Raynham, MA
My dad, John P Trucchi, just not just an ordinary dad, he was a war hero. He was on the submarine, USS Finback, on the 2nd September of 1944. He was just 20 years old. They were out at sea about 150 miles north of Iwo, Jima, when they received word of another pilot being shot down. 2 pilots were dead but one was found floating on a life raft. They did not think it was anyone special at the time. It was a 20-year-old pilot named, George H.W. Bush. George came aboard and found out that there with 5 other pilots who had been rescued in the past 2 months as well. My father would tell us that at the time, he was just another kid like them. George was surprised that he would not be immediately taken off the submarine. The USS Finback was out to sea for 6 month and still had 3 months to go. My father said he felt bad for the new guys. He said he was sure the submine smelt horrible to them.
My dad’s postwar career including running the meat department at his uncle’s grocery store, Trucchi’ s for 45 years. George’s postwar career is well known. He became the 41st President of the United States. He did not forget the men on the USS Finback. They received a thank you and a plaque from the President. Also, Christmas Cards every year as well. When my dad passed, The President also sent my mother a personal note of condolences. My dad and George were just 2 months apart in age. They both married someone named Barbara.