Paul Noah Salerni, USN (Ret.) died of a stroke
1942, MM2 Salerni served aboard the USS Thomas Jefferson (APA 30) and
was involved in operations is French Morocco,
1944, Paul was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and once again returned to the
Western Pacific. In 1944 and
1945, he participated in the initial invasion of
1951, Paul graduated from Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) training in Little
Creek, VA – Class 7 at age 34. He
was assigned to UDT-4 for the next four years.
In 1955 Paul was assigned as a UDT instructor at Little Creek.
In 1959 he was transferred to UDT-12 in
1961, Paul was commissioned as a LTJG. In
1963 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Executive Officer of
the 1980’s and 1990’s Paul was a daily visitor at the Naval Amphibious
Base Swimming Pool and gym in Coronado, where he was mostly known as the
friendly old frogman that always had a joke, spoke to everyone and never
“knew a stranger.”
a marriage of over 58 years, Paul is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Paul
Larry Salerni; daughter, Nancy Salerni Ratcliffe; sister, Anna Lanier;
brother, Joe Salerni; and eight grandchildren.
memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on
Condolences may be mailed to Mrs. Helen Salerni, 941 Coronado Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118.
thank his son Paul
L. Salerni (Class 80) for this