March 1 – Happy Birthday Frank Sirchia

sirchia2If you grew up in what I refer to as the St. Agnello section of Amsterdam’s West End, the name Frank Sirchia has special meaning. He was born on this date in 1925. His Dad Salvatore, who was better known as Sam, had come to this country as a boy from Palermo, Italy in 1895 and settled with his family in Schuylerville. He returned to Europe during the first world war to fight for his new country and was wounded in action. He brought his Purple Heart back home to the States and he met and married an Amsterdam girl named Rose Minisci. Sam got a job in the rug mills and he and Rose settled into their house on 12 Bayard Street and raised a family consisting of two boys and two girls.

Frank was the oldest of the two boys. He had graduated with honors from the Amsterdam Technical High School, was a good basketball player and like my aunts used to say and the accompanying photo verifies, this young man “took a real nice picture” too. He was working at Amsterdam Glove, when he received his draft notice in 1943…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam hero in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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