Julia Marie Zecchini was born on 8 October 1915, Newcomb, Tennessee

Julie Zecchini died on 8 October 1944 at the U.S. Naval Hospital Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee of sodium fluoride poisoning. She was the daughter of Tom and Mary Zecchini. She was a passenger on the U.S.S. Talamanca in 1942, to be transferred to the U.S. Naval Mobile Hospital #4 in Auckland, New Zealand.

She attended Jellico High School. In 1941 she was a member of the 6th District Champion Girls Basketball team from the school.

In the 1930 United States Federal Census, Julia Zecchini was living with her family in District 5, Campbell County, Tennessee.
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1915
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: Thomas
Mother’s Name: Mary
Parents’ birthplace: Italy/Ohio
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas Zecchini, 58,
Mary Zecchini, 45,
Regina Zecchini, 21,
Bernice Zecchini, 25,
Katy Zecchini, 17,
Julia Zecchini, 15,
Louisa Zecchini, 12,
Cecelia Zecchini, 11,
Tommy Zecchini 8,
T P Zecchini, 4 6/12.

Her cousin, Peter Zecchini, is also memorialized by the ETVMA (he died in active service in 1943).

My maternal great-grandmother. Naval Nurse in WWII, biological mother of Janet Pace, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Italian American. Julia, I will always be fascinated by your story and thankful that you brought my beautiful grandmother into this world. I understand your life was short and full of challenges. I hope it was full of love and happiness too. Thankfully, your great-granddaughter.
–Submitted by Mary Alison Kent, www.findagrave.com, April 13, 2013.

  • Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade Nurse
  • Date of birth:
  • 8 October 1915
  • Date of death: 8 October 1944
  • County: Campbell
  • Hometown: Jellico
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Saint Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Williamsburg, Whitley County, KY
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: John B. Romeiser

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