Robert E. Invernizzi Biography
Information about Robert E. Invernizzi, a World War II and Korean War veteran. Somerville is naming a square after him on Oct. 7.
The following was provided by the Somerville Department of Veterans' Services:
Robert Edward Invernizzi was born February 22, 1928 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Navy on September 1, 1945 at the age of just 17, and trained as a radar operator, achieving the rank of Radarman Second Grade.
Mr. Invernizzi’s World War II service brought him into some of the most intense combat of the Pacific Campaign. With the attack cargo ship USS Uvalde, Radioman Invernizzi saw action in the Marianas, Saipan, Guam, and Okinawa, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two battle stars. In 1947, he transferred to a weather ship, PCE-844, and then to an amphibious force flagship, the USS Mount McKinley. After attending radar operator’s school at Point Loma, Califormia, Radarman Invernizzi witnessed the atomic bomb test on Eniwetok.
Mr. Invernizzi re-enlisted during the Korean War, and was seriously wounded, losing one of his eyes. By the end of his naval career, he had served on no fewer than seven ships:
PCE-844 Weather ship
USS Grosse Point Patrol craft
USS Mount McKinley Amphibious force flagship
USS James Miller Destroyer
USS General George M. Randall Troop transport
USS Herbert Thomas Destroyer
USS Uvalde Attack cargo ship
At age 84 (ed. note: Patch edited his age based on his birthday. The text originally said he was 83), Mr. Invernizzi is today one of Somerville’s most decorated veterans. During his seven years in the Navy, he received the following awards:
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy “E” Ribbon
Good Conduct medal (2)
China Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal
Korean Service Medal (with two stars)
Philippine Liberation Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Ten months after his discharge from the military, Mr. Invernizzi married Claire Breen. Together, they have seven children. Now retired, Mr. Invernizzi worked first at MIT, helping design guidance systems, and later as a senior draftsman on jet aircraft engines at the General Electric Company in Lynn.