Army Sergeant Louis Mirabelli

Originally assigned to the Army Finance Branch in Kentucky, Louis Mirabelli soon found himself behind the controls of a tank on the battlefields of Korea.

Army Ranger Sammy DiTusa

Part of an elite strike force that led the charge to unseat Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, Sammy DiTusa and his battalion left the country 20 days later with a victory in hand.

Naval NCO Georgiann Callaway

Opting for the Navy instead of college, Georgiann Callaway found professional fulfillment and adventure on six continents during a stellar 20-year career.

Army Pfc. Frank Clarizio

Frank Clarizio wasn’t even 20 years old when he took part in one of the pivotal clashes in World War II: The Battle of the Bulge. At one point in the five-week-long fray, howitzer in hand, he squared off against a Nazi tank.

The Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge

By late Fall 1944, British, Canadian and American troops had cut across France, liberated Paris, pushed into Belgium, and crossed the German border. So swift and complete was the Allied advance, the prevailing thought was the war in Europe would be over by Christmas of that year.

Completely unknown to the Allies, the Germans had massed almost 250,000 men and some 1,000 tanks opposite their positions in Belgium’s Ardennes Forest. The objective was to attack through the lightly defended American lines, drive all the way to Antwerp and cut the British and American forces in two.

Veterans advocate Fred Randazzo

Randazzo and fellow Veterans set up for the Veterans Day Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii.

The son of a World War I veteran, Fred Randazzo served with pride during World War II and dedicated his life to supporting all veterans before and since.

Army airfield controller Bob Pasquesi

An airfield controller in England during World War II, Bob Pasquesi did his best to assure that the pilots in his fighter group took off and landed safely.

Air Force survival instructor Ron Centanni

As a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor, Ron Centanni trained everyone from foot soldiers headed for Vietnam to astronauts headed for space.

Navy Corpsman Sam Scardino

A Navy corpsman during the Vietnam War, Sam Scardino was so severely wounded in a landmine explosion that doctors initially thought he had perished in the blast.

National Guard Brigadier General John Fascia

Tha crash of American Airlines Flight 191

Ascending to the rank of brigadier general, John Fascia spent the bulk of his illustrious 30-year career in the National Guard keeping the peace during riots and responding to major disasters.

 

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