Jerome E. Ferroggiaro is an interesting figure among the American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. He is often noted as being a “professional soldier.” During WW II he served in the US Air Force, in the 100th Bomber Group. On the website of the 100th Bomber Group there is a photograph and a brief biographical sketch.
The biographical sketch indicates that Ferroggiaro’s bomber was shot down on 8 October 1943 over Bremen, Germany and he spent the remainder of the war as a POW. He remained in the service after the war serving as a gunnery instructor in the Air Force. It also indicates that he died during the mid-nineties at his home near Phoenix, Arizona.
On the ALBA list he is listed as Ferroffiaro, with Ferroggiaro as an alternate spelling. He was born in 1912 in the Phillipines. His father is noted as having been a builder of armored cars in China. Ferroffiaro lived in China for 15 years. When he volunteered for Spain, Ferroffiaro was living in San Francisco and he arrived in Spain in February 1938. He served in the Lincoln-Washington BN, MG Company and later as a Battalion Scout during the Ebro Campaign. Ferroffiaro indicated that by vocation he was a soldier of fortune and also an auto mechanic. He returned from Spain on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia.
7 April – After completing this post I found two additional pages relating to Ferroffiaro on the 100th page. These provided his date of death and a longer biographical sketch. This provides significant new information.