Mike Belmo Bio

Mike “Belmo” Belmessieri


On January 9, 1968, Mike “Belmo” Belmessieri enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  He completed recruit training with Platoon 369 at MCRD San Diego and ITR (Foxtrot Co) before attending Tank School at Camp Del Mar on Pendleton.  Belmo served with: Bravo Company, 5th Tank Battalion, 5th Marine Division; Delta Company, 3rd Tank Battalion, 5th MEB and HQ Company, 2nd ITR.  He was release from active duty on April 8, 1970.

Upon separation from Active Duty, Belmo returned to the academic world and completed the college education of which he had begun prior to his enlistment.  During his professional civilian life, he worked as a security specialist, a city police officer, held various positions within organized labor and in 2009 concluded a 35 year career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation.  His last job included a variety of production and administrative local facility senior management positions.

Belmo is a member of numerous Veterans’ Service Organizations and presently serves as the Vice President of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California and as the Commandant of the General J.C. Breckinridge Detachment (# 10) of the Marine Corps League.  He is the recipient of the Marine Corps League’s Distinguished Citizen Gold Medal and he has received commendations for valor from the City of South San Francisco for having saved the lives of twelve people at a multi alarm apartment building fire.

Belmo was a juror in the trial of The State of California vs. Scott Lee Peterson and is co-author of the book, “We the Jury Deciding the Fate of Scott Peterson” published by Phoenix Books.

Belmo is married to the former Annette Zammarchi of Staten Island, New York.  They have four sons (one of which is a Marine Sgt and the veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom), a daughter and six grandchildren. They currently reside in San Mateo County California.