Y2c Jack Martin Restivo

Jack Martin Restivo

Y2c Jack Martin Restivo

Jack Martin Restivo was born May 19, 1918 at South Fork, Pennsylvania 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. His father, Giacomo (Jacob) Restivo, was a construction worker and his mother Giuseppa (Josephine) Duca Restivo, a homemaker. The parents were born at Villarosa in central Sicily off the southern tip of Italy’s long peninsula. They immigrated to New York in 1915 and in Pennsylvania had six children.

By 1930 the family had moved to Baltimore, Maryland.

Jack Restivo graduated from Baltimore City College, then enlisted in the Navy on June 28, 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland. Jack reported for duty on September 22, 1938. He was a yeoman and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

In May, his mother noted that “a lot of Christmas gifts we had sent never reached him. Some of them have been returned.”

news article restivo uss arizona

Sources: The Evening Sun of Baltimore, Maryland; Baltimore City College yearbook; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. citizenship application. Newspaper photograph. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

NOTE: If you are a family member related to this crew member of the U.S.S. Arizona, or have additional information, pictures or documents to share about his life or service to our county please contact us through our FAMILY MEMBER SUBMISSION FORM