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VINCENT LOCATELLI


is honored on Panel 3E, Line 84 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering Our Own

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Robert L Nelson
    Vincent Locatelli
    A fellow soldier, Fred Owens, tells this story of Vincent’s
    final battle, “Company Commander Forrest said, ‘Who you
    got KIA?’ I said, ‘Locatelli.’ Forrest said, ‘Shit.’ Locatelli was
    the youngest guy in the company.”
    Vincent Locatelli was born in Italy on March 27, 1945,
    to Mr. and Mrs. Adolpho Locatelli. In addition to Vincent,
    the Locatelli family included sons Salvatore, Adolph, John,
    206 Remembering Our Own
    Joseph and Mario and daughter Angela. In 1950 the family
    moved to Santa Cruz, California and settled into a home
    on Younglove Street. Vincent attended local grammar
    schools and later studied at Santa Cruz High School.
    Upon completion of his education, he found employment
    at the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company, where he
    worked until 1963.
    Vincent Locatelli was drafted into the US Army during the
    fall of 1963. After basic training, he was sent to Fort Carson,
    Colorado, for advanced training. In the early part of August
    1965, he was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion of the 5th
    Cavalry Regiment in the 1st Cavalry Airmobile. After a brief
    orientation program at Fort Benning, Georgia, his unit left
    for Southeast Asia on September 20, 1965.
    Upon their arrival in Vietnam, the 1st Cavalry was sent
    to the Central Highland sector to prevent incursion by the
    Viet Cong and Viet regular units. Between September and
    November, Locatelli’s unit was engaged in several combat
    encounters with the enemy, but none of the magnitude of
    the combat in the La Drang Valley.
    On November 16, 1965, the 5th Regiment moved into
    the La Drang Valley in what was to become the first major
    US engagement of the Vietnam War. Along the route, the
    550-yard column was brought to a halt and company commanders
    were ordered forward for consultation. During
    this period, the enemy ambushed the column in several
    locations. The fighting took place in three- to five-foot elephant
    grass that prevented either side from seeing the other
    and during the wild shooting melee, friendly fire casualties
    frequently occurred.
    In the A Company sector, “Charley” as VC soldiers were
    dubbed, hurled grenades and on November 17, a grenade
    exploded near Private Vincent Locatelli taking his life.
    Vincent Locatelli’s remains were returned to Santa Cruz
    and following a funeral service at Holy Cross Church, were
    entombed in the Holy Cross Mausoleum.
    Source
    Remembering our Own
    The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
    By Robert L Nelson
    The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
    2010
    Page 205
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  • Remembering Our Own

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by R
    Vincent Locatelli
    A fellow soldier, Fred Owens, tells this story of Vincent’s
    final battle, “Company Commander Forrest said, ‘Who you
    got KIA?’ I said, ‘Locatelli.’ Forrest said, ‘Shit.’ Locatelli was
    the youngest guy in the company.”
    Vincent Locatelli was born in Italy on March 27, 1945,
    to Mr. and Mrs. Adolpho Locatelli. In addition to Vincent,
    the Locatelli family included sons Salvatore, Adolph, John,
    206 Remembering Our Own
    Joseph and Mario and daughter Angela. In 1950 the family
    moved to Santa Cruz, California and settled into a home
    on Younglove Street. Vincent attended local grammar
    schools and later studied at Santa Cruz High School.
    Upon completion of his education, he found employment
    at the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company, where he
    worked until 1963.
    Vincent Locatelli was drafted into the US Army during the
    fall of 1963. After basic training, he was sent to Fort Carson,
    Colorado, for advanced training. In the early part of August
    1965, he was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion of the 5th
    Cavalry Regiment in the 1st Cavalry Airmobile. After a brief
    orientation program at Fort Benning, Georgia, his unit left
    for Southeast Asia on September 20, 1965.
    Upon their arrival in Vietnam, the 1st Cavalry was sent
    to the Central Highland sector to prevent incursion by the
    Viet Cong and Viet regular units. Between September and
    November, Locatelli’s unit was engaged in several combat
    encounters with the enemy, but none of the magnitude of
    the combat in the La Drang Valley.
    On November 16, 1965, the 5th Regiment moved into
    the La Drang Valley in what was to become the first major
    US engagement of the Vietnam War. Along the route, the
    550-yard column was brought to a halt and company commanders
    were ordered forward for consultation. During
    this period, the enemy ambushed the column in several
    locations. The fighting took place in three- to five-foot elephant
    grass that prevented either side from seeing the other
    and during the wild shooting melee, friendly fire casualties
    frequently occurred.
    In the A Company sector, “Charley” as VC soldiers were
    dubbed, hurled grenades and on November 17, a grenade
    exploded near Private Vincent Locatelli taking his life.
    Vincent Locatelli’s remains were returned to Santa Cruz
    and following a funeral service at Holy Cross Church, were
    entombed in the Holy Cross Mausoleum.
    Source
    Remembering our Own
    The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
    By Robert L Nelson
    The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
    2010
    Page 205
    MORE
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Vincent Locatelli, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/10/13 - by Robert Sage
    Vincent is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, CA.
  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 12/11/06 - by Bill Nelson: Nam Vet 101st Airborne grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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