Januario Samortin Sevilla Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Januario Samortin Sevilla, 92, a retired Navy chief petty officer who in the late 1930s worked as a White House cook, died August 23, 1999 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mr. Sevilla, who was born in the Philippines, served 31 years in the Navy, beginning in 1929. He worked in the White House for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and aboard Harry S. Truman’s presidential yacht, the USS Williamsburg.

He spent most of his military career as a cook and barber. During World War II, he served in the China Sea. He retired from the Navy in 1960 while serving at the Pentagon as a nutritionist. He then worked about 14 years as a barber at the Washington Navy Yard.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fleet Reserve Association.

His first wife, Caridad Aponte Sevilla, died in 1979.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Leona Puyot of Washington; three sons, Eduardo Sevilla of Rockville, Mario Sevilla of Miami and Al Sevilla of Arlington; a stepson, Benjamin Puyot of Germantown; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


On Monday, August 23, 1999, JANUARIO (JAN) SEVILLA, husband of Leona Sevilla; father of Eduardo, Mario and Alejandro Sevilla, Benjamin Puyot, and the late Rudolfo Sevilla and Mina Flinkingshelt. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Fort Myer Chapel on Tuesday, August 31, at 2:45 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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