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Celebrate Ellis Island's American Patriots

June 1st, 2005

As Independence Day approaches, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is saluting Ellis Island’s immigrants and their first-generation American sons and daughters, who have served the United States with special sacrifice and patriotism. Among the exceptional American patriots now featured on, the online database for the American Family Immigration History Center®, are:


  • Yogi Berra—son of an Italian immigrant and New York Yankee who fought in the D-Day invasion.
  • Michael Strank—U.S. Marine from Slovakia who led the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima.
  • Ella Grasso—only child of Italian immigrants who became the first woman to be elected governor in her own right.
  • Bob Hope—British-born comedian who befriended and entertained U.S. troops through the USO.


These are just a few of the notable Ellis Island immigrants and their descendents who are being celebrated this Fourth of July on The passenger records and ship manifests of these patriots or those of their parents can be found in this database which documents the arrival of the 25 million people who entered America through the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1892-1924. The site also features over 800 ship images. Forty percent of Americans can trace their roots back to at least one ancestor whose records are included in this database.

The American Family Immigration History Center® is located at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Its online database has had over 7 BILLION hits since its launch in April 2001. Its fascinating treasure trove of historical information makes one of the most popular genealogical destinations on the Internet.

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