Basil Dominic Izzi was one of five survivors from Zaandam who rescued themselves on a raft after the sinking. Two of them died before the remaining three men were rescued after 83 days at sea. In May 2015 a bridge was dedicated to the memory of him in his hometown Barre, MA.
Naval History and Heritage Command: Recollections of S2c Basil D. Izzi, USNR
The raft as seen from USS PC-576
The survivors being helped to board the patrol craft
From left to right: Cornelis van der Slot, Nicolaas Hoogendam and Basil Dominic Izzi after being rescued