October 23, 2011
Severino “Nic” Nicoletto excelled as a cook in the Navy despite being born with polio in his left leg and nearly no sight in his left eye. During his two years of service, Nicoletto rose through the ranks to Chief Commissary Steward. Nicoletto never left the food industry after the war and moved to Craig in 1977 to open Village Inn, where he served as head chef until his retirement in 2000.
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In May 1944, Craig resident Severino “Nic” Nicoletto found himself in Wales recovering from battle fatigue. He and his shipmates had returned from the Soviet Union and were scheduled to board the RMS Queen Elizabeth for a luxury steam back to the U.S. for shore leave. Instead, Nicoletto and the rest of his crew found themselves serving in a support role for the largest land, sea and air invasion in the history of modern warfare.