Perozzi didn’t have to go into the Army during World War II.
In 1943, at age 23, he worked his way through night school to become the high-level welder, a certified Navy welder, building warships at the Navy Yard and making 10 times average pay for everybody else working then.
“When a guy was making $18 a week, he was making a ton of money. I was making $140, $150 a week. I bought me one of those six-wheel Buicks,” Perozzi said, laughing.
Doing his part as a civilian by building the best warships came with being exempt from the draft, and that just didn’t seem right to Perozzi. So, he voluntarily went into battle.
His first mission was to be among the first men to invade Normandy on D-Day, parachuting in behind Nazi enemy lines.
In my pinion, Perozzi personifies the Greatest Generation. Watch this seven minute interview.