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Format: 04/16/2014
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: In war, in peace, doctor believed life sacred

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

By Jerry Vondas


As a physician who delivered more than 10,000 babies, Dr. James Dattilo believed in the sanctity of life.

"My father considered every baby he delivered to be a miracle of life," said his son, Dr. David Dattilo, director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side.

Dr. James T. Dattilo of Mt. Lebanon, former chief of the Department of Obstetrics at Mercy Hospital, which is now UPMC Mercy, Uptown, died on Friday, May 22, 2009, in Friendship Village in McMurray. He was 92.

Dr. Dattilo's belief in the sanctity of life was evident even during World War II. As a Navy doctor serving aboard a landing craft during the fighting on Okinawa in the Pacific, he was able to save scores of sailors whose ships were sunk by Japanese aircraft.

"My father convinced the captain of his landing craft to idle a bit longer to enable the crew to continue pulling the men out of the water, even though the ship was already loaded with the wounded," said Dattilo.

"The Navy estimated that Dad, by his actions, was able to save scores of sailors from a watery death, and awarded him a Bronze Star."

To read more, visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review web site.

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