Salvador Sciortino of Rockford, Illinois served in the United States Navy during World War II. Assigned to the USS Neville, an attack transport ship, as the ship's cook, his battle station was on one of the ship's anti-aircraft guns. The USS Neville supported the landings at Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Sciortino went on to serve in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during the war. Following the war, Salvador was employed as a chef at Rockford’s famous Faust Hotel for thirty years, working his way up to becoming to an executive chef in five years.