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  • Date of Birth:6/1/1941
  • Date of Casualty:1/2/1966
  • Home of Record:PONCE
  • County of Record:
  • State:PR
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row: 4E, 52
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:6/2/1939
  • Date of Casualty:1/3/1966
  • Home of Record:NEW YORK
  • County of Record:NEW YORK CITY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:CN
  • Panel/Row:4E, 52
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 4E, Row 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 1/3/14 - by A Marine - Vietnam
    Semper Fi Gunny.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/7/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear GSGT Joseph Francis Covella, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Gunnery Sgt. J.F. Covella

    Posted on 10/31/12 - by

    Mrs. Covella shares with us the story of January 3rd 1966:

    I was in the house, with the 5 children, and I saw 'the car' circling the neighborhood looking for an address. They pulled into my driveway. I went outside immediately before the children, the preacher was standing there and the Officer was just getting out of the car as I made it to the driveway. 'Yes, who are you looking for' I said. 'Mrs. Covella' replied the preacher. 'You can't come here now with the children here, go away' I said...the Officer replied 'I regret to inform you your husband Gunnery Sgt. Covella was killed in Vietnam....'and the children came running out. The preacher immediately went and sat back in the car, pale as a ghost at the thought of having to tell these children there daddy wasnt coming home. The officer looked at me, and the children and said 'Children come with me, we need to talk' all the children in chorus replied 'yes sir' and followed him into the house, they all sat on the floor in the living room around him, just knowing he was going to tell them something important. 'Children, you do know how I sometimes call your daddy to come and do a job I know only he can do?” again “yes sir” “I call your daddy because he is the finest man and bravest Soldier I know. Well God was having a little problem at the gates to heaven. So God needed to find the best man for the job. He needed the bravest soldier he could find. God called your daddy. He called him to help him at the gates of heaven. Now someday when you get older you will understand better. This mission is his final mission. Someday when God calls you to the gates, there will be waiting your daddy to welcome you and give you a great big hug and kiss.”

  • I still miss you!

    Posted on 11/17/07 - by
    Years have passed and I still miss you so very much. I just became a grandmother again for the 11th time. I am so proud to tell my grandchildren about you.Thank you for being my Dad. I'll always love you.
    Grace Covella-Heusinkveld
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 10/11/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

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