Joe DiMaggio’s Father Detained During WW II

Though Italian Americans were not interred, they were restricted.

C. D. Peterson  b. 1937

I don’t personally remember the events, but my Uncle Faust remembered and told about them all the time.

“The government was picking up Italian Americans and questioning them.  Sometimes they came to peoples’ houses and took away their radios and guns.  Italians who were not citizens had to carry identification papers.  They needed special papers to travel.

“Joe DiMaggio’s father had a fishing boat in California.  The government came by and wanted to arrest him because he never had become a citizen.   They didn’t arrest him, but they took away his fishing boat and wouldn’t let him fish for months.”

Uncle Faust said we shouldn’t forget that Italian Americans endured their own special fearfulness.



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