Dear Sirs' My
name is Donald Cirasuolo, the son of
Pasquale "Pat" Cirasuolo, BM2c, who
was aboard the "LEX" from 1943 to 16
Feb,1944, when he got off to go to the
hospital in Glenwood Springs,CO. My
father was the eldest of 7 children.
He had a successful Landscaping
business and was a legislator for
Oneida County for two terms from 1967
to 1971.He was also involved with the
V.F.W in Whitesboro,NY for many years
and his recollection and pride of
serving on the Lexington was evident
through out his life. My dad passed
away on 24 Apr,1993 from complications
from lung cancer.
He had always
wanted to see his ship one more time
and we had planned to see her but he
was to sick to make the trip. My
father met my mother when he was in
Boston and was getting ready to ship
out. They had three children, Dorothy
Ann, myself and Patricia Elaine. My
mother is still alive and is living in
Clinton,NY, and has given me most all
the pictures of my father and his
buddies from the war. I had recently
found the book,"Tarawa to Tokyo" and
was pleased to see my fathers picture
in it. I know my father was proud of
his ship and his time in the U.S.Navy
and talked only once or twice about
what it was like on board. At his
passing I composed a little poem to
him and would like to have you post it
and dedicate this to all the crews of
the LEX, as read to them by their
children.I read it to him a day before
he passed and he smiled.
Your voyage is
complete and you have done well!
Stand tall and
proud as never before,
For you are my
beckon, Dad...They call you,
They miss you
and are waiting, smiling...
Go to them Dad
I will miss you,
I will treasure
our times together
filled with your love.
Have a safe
I will look for
you on my return.
presently retired and make model
ships as a hobby and plan to do
"CV 16" as she looked when she
left Boston Navy yard in 1943.I
wish I had known about this
website, I would have given
information about my Dad earlier.