Joe Orsatti
Fictional Character
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Coup d'Etat
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Occupation: Marine

Joe Orsatti was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the war between the United States and Japan. He was part of a five-inch gun-crew aboard the USS Boise at Manila when Japan attacked on January 12, 1941.[1]

He'd been on the USS Brooks with Pete McGill, who was transferred aboard the Boise not long after the attack. McGill remembered Orsatti's face and name. Orsatti just remembered his face.[2]

When a Japanese attack came, Orsatti had McGill act as shell-jerker for their gun. Combat was a bonding experience for all involved.[3]

Orsatti served with McGill for the remainder of 1941. The two became close friends, surviving several battles with the Japanese until November of that year, when a Japanese bomber succeeded in sinking the Boise. McGill was blown into the Pacific and eventually rescued. Orsatti's fate was unknown.[4]


  1. Coup d'Etat, pg. 5, HC.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid. pg. 6.
  4. Ibid, generally.