Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/7/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear GSGT Joseph Francis Covella, sirMORE
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
Gunnery Sgt. J.F. CovellaPosted on 10/31/12 - by USAThrift@ymail.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgYears 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.MORE
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 10/11/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
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
We RememberPosted on 2/20/05 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoseph is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
If I should die...remembrances for GYSGT. Joseph Francis COVELLA, USMC...The Big Apple's bravest!!!Posted on 4/12/04If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to0 life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
Thank you GSGT Joseph Francis CovellaPosted on 1/3/04 - by Donald Lytle firstname.lastname@example.orgAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Joseph Francis Covella, for your courageous and valiant service, your years of faithfully contributing, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you GSGT Joseph Francis Covella, for a job exceptionally well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
TO A SOLDIER AND A LEADER OF MENPosted on 4/13/02 - by L/CPL JIM HAWKERI SERVED WITH GUNNY COVELLA AT ALBANY GEORGIA IN 1964, 65, I RESPECTED HIM AND WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. MAY GOD HAVE HIM ON GUARD AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN. JIM HAWKER 1958589 USMC L/CPL. ALBANY GEORGIA.MORE
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC CAREER UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS GUNNERY SERGEANT <<< NAVY CROSS >>>Posted on 6/14/01 - by CLAY MARSTON
JOSEPH FRANCIS COVELLA
served as a
LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRY ADVISOR
FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION
ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
and was a posthumous recipient of the
~~~ SEMPER FIDELIS ~~~
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
FOR AWARD OF THE
JOSEPH FRANCIS COVELLA
For extraordinary heroism as Light Weapons Infantry Advisor,
Third Battalion, First Regiment, First Infantry Division, Army of
the Republic of Vietnam, on 3 January 1966. Sergeant Covella
was accompanying the First Company of his battalion when that
unit came under scorching fire from their front, pinning them in a
ditch while the numerically superior enemy force continued to
rain murderous fire upon them. When the order to withdraw was
given, one platoon was instructed to remain in position to provide
covering fire, and Sergeant Covella, with no regard for his personal
safety, volunteered to remain with the platoon. The remainder of
the company made an orderly withdrawal and the platoon was told
to evacuate. As soon as the order was implemented, three
Vietnamese soldiers and one American advisor were wounded.
Realizing that without covering fire his platoon would be destroyed,
Sergeant Covella stayed with the wounded to aid them and cover
the retreat in the face of a merciless enemy advance. He was
able to halt the enemy long enough for his platoon to escape from
the trap. His battalion found him later with the men he had tried
to protect. By his personal bravery, consummate courage and
willing self-sacrifice for his comrades, Sergeant Covella
reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine
Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States
He gallantly gave his life for his country.
The Wall of Faces
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