Gino Clarizio interview
Gino Clarizio was born in Italy in 1921 and was drafted into the Italian army in 1940, where he drove tanks during World War II. He served in North Africa when he was captured by Allied forces in May 1943. As a prisoner of war (POW), he sent to Australia then England before being ultimately sent to the United States. In the U.S., he worked in Arizona and San Francisco before being sent back to Italy after the war in 1945. While in Italy, he married Mary Ferrante, an American émigré, who moved back to Italy, also after World War II. They married in 1950 and moved to the United States in 1951. The family settled in Spokane, where Mary’s family had emigrated to decades earlier. Gino and Mary had three children. Gino also installed flooring in Spokane before his death in 2008.
This interview covers Clarizio's experience as an Italian soldier and POW.
Clarizio, Gino; World War, 1939-1945; Armored vehicles, Military; Prisoners of war
Clarizio, Gino and Jewell, James R., "Gino Clarizio interview" (1995). James Jewell Papers. 11.
Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collections (SPC 998-0494)