A MEMORIAL TO JOHN JOSEPH MACHI
A WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINER
MAY HE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE 
THAT HE SO RICHLY DESERVES

I dedicate this Memorial to Joni (Machi) Terrio and her children on this first anniversary of the death of her father. Joni let me try and pay the homage that your father deserved as a Merchant Marine and his service to our country. I hope that this memorial will help relief some of the suffering and pain that you and your children have gone through.

Paul Henriott, CWO, USA, Retired
USS Oakland Webmaster



A MEMORIAL TO
JOHN JOSEPH MACHI
AUGUST 31, 1921 - NOVEMBER 24, 1997
SEAMAN


       COMBAT BAR          DEFENSE MEDAL       PACIFIC WAR ZONE      WWII VICTORY      KOREAN SERVICE BAR

JONI (MACHI) TERRIO
HIS LOVING DAUGHTER

On November 24, 1997 my Father finally lost the war his body waged with  Congestive Heart Failure that had raged for over 33 years. The battles were  many... the artificial valve in 1965... one of the first to be done in open heart  surgery... the bypasses. The onboard Defibrilator and the pace maker... all minor  victories that bought him a few more years. He left behind a wife, a daughter  (myself), four grand daughters and one grandson... all of which miss him very
very much. During his 76 years he saw alot, suffered greatly, and complained
very little. He was a quiet man, with a heart of gold, who loved his family and his  country above all else. When WW II came... and the Navy wouldn't accept him  because of a heart murmer left him through the ravages of Rheumatic Fever he  turned and joined the Merchant Marines and served in Army Transport. I  remember many stories when I was little of his time in the Merchant Marine....  but none of the important facts that would truly help me pay homage here that he  deserves. I know he had his ship shot out from under them a couple of times...  That several more times they barely limped back to harbor.I'll never forget how  he looked when he spoke about firing the weapon at the attacking planes... how  his hands froze on the grips of the gun, or the look in his eyes when he spoke of  the enemy shooting our men in the water for sport when they'd sunk their vessel.  That he was there the day after the Infamous bombing of our ships in Pearl  Harbor... and he served in moving the remains and in other clean up details. 

When he left the service there were no thanks... and he never complained. When  he died... he did not receive the flag or salute the VA would have allowed him  because there was no service to perform it. All their limited income allowed for  was cremation and the scattering of his ashes in what is called a communal  garden, and I was in no position to help that either. I think he deserved more than  we could do for all he'd done... for his country and for us. And so, with what I
CAN do... let this little corner of the net stand in his memory.


  WIDOW AND MOTHER
RUTH IRENE (SEWELL) MACHI

JONI (MACHI) TERRIO
HIS LOVING DAUGHTER

THE GRAND CHILDREN
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU GRAND-FATHER

BARBARA ANNE (JAEHNKE) WILLIAMS

AMANDA LYNN JAEHNKE

STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER TERRIO JR.

IRENE RENE TERRIO

TARA MARIE TERRIO

To the brave men of the Merchant Marine

I have to take my hat off these fine men that were the members of the Merchant Marine. The U.S. Navy armed guard that went with them and maintained the
guns. The Navy escort ships that provided the screen protection against the
German submarines. It was a job that had to be done and not to many wanted to
do it. They put their lives on the line day in and day out. Bravery and sunking of the ships was the talk of the day. It was not uncommon to be sunk, get resuced by another ship and get sunk again all in one day. In other words they went through hell day in and day out. They never gave up and victory tasted that much sweeter to them. I just hope that the generations that follow will not forget their sacrifices.

THE WAR WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WON WITHOUT THEM.



United States Merchant Marine


FROM THE GRAND CHILDREN

FROM THE OFFICERS AND CREW
USS OAKLAND CL/CLAA-95

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Requiescat in pace! --------- May he rest in peace!
 



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