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JUVENCIO TORRES-ACEVEDO

  • Wall Name:JUVENCIO TORRES-ACEVEDO
  • 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

RALPH ANTHONY DIDAMO JR

  • Wall Name:RALPH A DIDAMO JR
  • 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

JOSEPH FRANCIS COVELLA


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

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 1/3/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Joseph Francis Covella
    Date of birth: October 17, 1928
    Date of death: January 3, 1966
    Place of Birth: New York, Brooklyn
    Home of record: Brooklyn New York
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Francis Covella (MCSN: 1001220), United States Marine Corps, 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 Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

    Action Date: 3-Jan-66

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

    Company: Advisor (Attached)

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 1st Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

    Division: Army of the Republic of Vietnam
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  • Silver Star Citation (Korean War)

    Posted on 1/3/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Korean War

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Joseph Francis Covella (MCSN: 1001220), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Squad Leader of Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea, on 20 September 1951. When a large enemy force succeeded in capturing high ground adjacent to and threatening the battalion sector, Sergeant Covella unhesitatingly volunteered to lead his squad in a counterattack to regain the vital terrain. Expertly briefing his men, he moved out in the attack and, courageously exposing himself to intense hostile small-arms and automatic-weapons fire, spearheaded the assault against successive enemy bunkers and emplacements, completely routing the numerically superior hostile force. When the objective had been captured, he remained in an exposed position, directing his men in the pursuit of the fleeing enemy and rapidly consolidating the critical ground. By his heroic initiative, inspiring leadership and unflagging devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds, Sergeant Covella contributed materially to the maintenance of the battalion's integrity and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: September 20, 1951

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company F

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 5th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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  • Bronze Star Citation

    Posted on 1/3/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Bronze Star
    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Francis Covella (MCSN: 1001220), United States Marine Corps, for meritorious serving during operations against an armed enemy while serving as Heavy Weapons Infantry Advisor, Third Battalion, First Regiment, First Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, from 15 September 1965 to 3 January 1966. Sergeant Covella's close relationship of mutual respect and friendship with all ranks extended to all members of the Battalion, enabling him to translate his professional knowledge and ability to effective advice, instruction and assistance. He soon became the advisor closest to the enlisted men of the Battalion, which enabled him to be a most effective advisor at troop level. His concern for the well being of the soldiers showed results in a self-help program which resulted in needed building repairs and improved living conditions. He always requested operational attachment to the most remote or independent sub-elements in order to increase the effective Advisor coverage of the operation. He participated in ten Battalion field operations and two separate company operations, in which he was a constant source of information and guidance. Sergeant Covella's loyal devotion to duty, professional competence and personal integrity reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: September 15, 1965 - January 3, 1966

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

    Company: Advisor (Attached)

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 1st Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

    Division: Army of the Republic of Vietnam
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  • 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 ccarter02@earthlink.net
    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
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