The museum will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 for a special event.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
“Andy Killed Andrea and I returning home soon”
In 1941 Gunners Mate 1st Class Andrew Marze, originally from Sheridan, Pa. near Pittsburgh, was a sailor onboard the USS Dobbin. With the Dobbin in port at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Marze was home on base when the infamous attack began and rushed to join the action. Since he couldn’t reach his own ship Andy made his way onboard the USS Pennsylvania and assisted in the effort to repel the Japanese air attack. During the fighting, Marze was killed along with 15 others sailors from the USS Pennsylvania.
Brother of two Pittsburgh Police officers Marze enlisted for a career in the US Navy at Age 17. He was 29 at the time of the attack. Andy and Doris, a native of Salem, Mass., met at a roller-skating rink and married in 1937 while he was stationed in Charlestown, Mass. She later followed him to San Diego and then Pearl Harbor, where they lived at the Navy base with their daughter, Andrea.
The telegram from Marze’s wife Doris shown in the War on the Pacific display at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum was sent home on December 19, 1941, stating that Andy was dead and she and their daughter Andrea would return home soon.