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is honored on Panel 38W, Line 64 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/12/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Spec 4 James Buonaiuto,
    Thank you for your service as an Ammunition Specialist. Growing up, we had family in Yonkers. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/18/15 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Sect 5, plot 381, grave 12
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/2/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 James Joseph Buonaiuto, 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
  • To Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 5/8/12 - by Carol (Cipriani) Haberchak
    Dear James, to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made for your country I want to make sure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed, so it is with great pride and humility that I post this remembrance and picture of you. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many all these years later. You have been designated to be one of God's special angels, along with the love of my life, who also sacrificed his life during this war 45 years ago. God Bless You, James, for being who you were and for all you did--we live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you.
  • The Herald Statesman - Yonkers, NY - November 30, 1968

    Posted on 9/17/09 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Our 26th GI Dies In Viet
    by Susan Garvey

    Spec.4 James J. Buonaiuto, 20 died Tuesday in Vietnam after being wounded when a small box of ammunition containing blasting caps exploded while he was carrying it.
    His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Buonaiuto of 18 Francis Ter., received word of his injury Nov. 19. The explosion took place Nov. 18, according to a telegram received from the Army.
    Spec.4 Buonaiuto is the 26th Yonkers man to die in Vietnam.
    Born April 18, 1948, in the Bronx, Spec4 Buonaiuto had lived in Yonkers for nearly eight years. He was graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965 and from Westchester Business School in 1967. Before joining the Army last March, he had been a clerk with United Parcel Service, New York City.
    Spec.4 Buonaiuto trained at Ft. Gordon, Ga., and was stationed at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., before being sent to Vietnam. He arrived there July 30 and had been an ammunition records clerk in the 1st Logistical Command near Long Binh.
    The Buonaiuto family has been informed by the Army that their son's body is expected to arrive home by Wednesday or Thursday.
    Spec.4 Buonaiuto is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anthony (Phyllis) Carapella of Yonkers, in addition to his parents.
    The funeral will take place at St. John the Baptist Church and burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla.
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