Johnny Andrew Salmi

M, #2479, b. 14 April 1946, d. 2 January 1998
Johnny Andrew Salmi
Husband of Caroline Rose Vassanelli
     Johnny Andrew Salmi was born on 14 April 1946 at Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.1,2 He was the son of Donald David Salmi and Helen Arthur Strickland.2 Johnny Andrew Salmi also went by the name of Johnny. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Heroic Action by the Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet on 13 April 1968.3 He was a veteran of the United States Navy, retiring as a Chief Boatswain's Mate.2 His Social Security Number was 573-62-6032.2 He died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, suspected to be caused by the use of Agent Orange while he was fighting in the Viet Nam War, at 12:07 am on 2 January 1998 at 5258 Arizona Highway 260, Show Low, Navajo County, Arizona, at age 51 years, 8 months and 19 days.4,1 He was cremated on 6 January 1998 at White Mountain Crematory, Show Low, Navajo County, Arizona, and his ashes were spread over Silver Strand Beach, San Diego, California.2,1,5

Children of Johnny Andrew Salmi and Caroline Rose Vassanelli

  • Julie Ann Salmi6
  • Donald Glenn Salmi6
  • Celeste Michelle Salmi6,7
  • Amanda Rose Salmi6,8


  1. [S66] Interview, Amanda Rose Salmi, (11 May 2004).
  2. [S170] Johnny Andrew Salmi, Certificate of Death.
  3. [S1523] "U.S., Navy and Marines Awards and Decorations, 1942-1994" , Name     Johnny Andrew Salmi
    Award Date     13 Apr 1968
    Type of Medal     Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
    Military Unit     6409
    Military Service Branch     Navy
    Action     Heroic
    Office     Enlisted
    Awarded By     Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet.
  4. [S170] Johnny Andrew Salmi, Certificate of Death, State of Arizona
    Certificate of Death
    Johnny Andrew Salmi
    January 2, 1998.
  5. [S806] Find A Grave, online, Find a Grave, database and images (… : accessed 24 April 2022), memorial page for Johnny Andrew Salmi (14 Apr 1946–2 Jan 1998), Find a Grave Memorial ID 149451673, ; Maintained by Joe Peery (contributor 47365939) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
  6. [S158] Interview, Caroline Rose Salmi, (05 Feb 2005).
  7. [S1058] California Birth Index, 1905-1995, online, Name     Celeste M Salmi
    Birth Date     8 Jan 1976
    Gender     Female
    Mother's Maiden Name     Vassanel
    Birth County     San Diego.
  8. [S167] Amanda Rose Salmi, Certificate of Live Birth, 633639 (24 Jan 1979).