File No. 365.117/307

The Secretary of State to Chargé Jay

No. 324

Sir: The Department has been informed by Mr. Joseph Crosetti, who resides at No. 719 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, New Jersey, that his cousin, Mr. Joseph Nicholas Orocchi, who was born at Newark, New Jersey, on March 21, 1884, went to Italy shortly prior to the outbreak of the present war in Europe, and has been detained by the local authorities in Italy for the performance of military service in the Italian army. It appears that Mr. Antonio Orocchi, the father of Joseph Nicholas Orocchi, obtained naturalization as a citizen of the United States in the County Court of Queens County, New York, on October 20, 1893; that Joseph Nicholas Orocchi had a passport, No. 37735 issued July 20, 1914, in his possession when he went to Italy, and that his address is as follows:— “Cassingheno, Carpeneto, Genoa, Italy”.

You will please inform the appropriate Italian authorities concerning the American citizenship of Joseph Nicholas Orocchi and request that he be released from the performance of military service in the Italian army and permitted to return to the United States. In case permission is obtained for him to leave Italy, you will please issue an emergency passport to him to enable him to return to the United States.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk