JOSEPH A FALATO
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HONORED ON PANEL 15E, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH ANTHONY FALATO

WALL NAME

JOSEPH A FALATO

PANEL / LINE

15E/32

DATE OF BIRTH

12/16/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/15/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WEST NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hudson County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR JOSEPH ANTHONY FALATO
POSTED ON 3.10.2021

Final Mission of PFC Joseph A. Falato

At 1:00 PM on February 14, 1967, the Company Commander (CO) of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Calvary, 1st Cavalry Division, was in a scout helicopter near the village of An Qui (2), southwest of Tam Quan City in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, when he noted the movement of two or three possible Viet Cong (VC). The CO radioed for his third platoon to move up and exploit the situation. At about 1:45 PM, the platoon arrived at a small pond on the west side of the village. The platoon leader, 1LT Albert J. Hayes, sent one of his fire teams across the pond. Hayes was then directed to take the rest of his platoon into the village. They crossed a rice paddy dike where Hayes could see his fire team less than one hundred yards away. When he was about ten yards from the village, thirty weapons, including some automatic, opened up on the platoon. Four were killed instantly, including Hayes, his radioman, and platoon sergeant SSG Oscar E. Ratliff; four others were wounded. The fire team, which was in the center of the village, simultaneously received intense fire, killing the fire team leader and wounding two others. Both elements of the platoon attempted to fall back. While the main body of the platoon was pinned down, the fire team withdrew to a pond and used boats along the shore to join up with friendly reinforcing forces. Those in the rear of the platoon made several attempts to evacuate the dead and wounded and two more were killed. Members of Third Platoon moved up to support and saw several enemy attempting to escape. Moving to intercept the fleeing enemy, they cut through an open area when accurate automatic weapon and sniper fire raked the leading elements. One man was killed and two wounded. Even after repeated air and artillery strikes, the enemy, estimated at a battalion of North Vietnamese Army regulars, continued to wage effective resistance until breaking contact after dark. American losses were nine killed, including Hayes, Ratliff, PFC Raymond L. Hart, PFC Napoleon K. Cooper, SP4 Jacob H. Cunningham III, PFC Joseph A. Falato, CPL Steven R. King, PFC Norman R. Reagan, and SP4 Raymond W. Richardson. Enemy losses were eleven by body count with an unknown number of dead and wounded dragged from the village under the cover of darkness. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Lessons Learned, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam” Period Ending 31 July 1967” at dtic.mil]
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POSTED ON 1.23.2021
POSTED BY: CHARLIE PALMER

REMEMBERING A GREAT PERSON AND COACH

I met Joe when I played for the West New York Al Blozis League Football Team in the Fall of 1963. Joe was an excellent coach and whenever he tried to be "tough," his smile would always shine through to his friendly personality. I attended his closed-casket "viewing" (if I recollect correctly) and have often wondered what became of his then young widow and baby. I have seen Joe's name on the DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall numerous times when I worked and lived nearby. I saw Joe's name again just yesterday on a smaller replica wall in Punta Gorda, FL and that prompted me to search and find this website. My forever take-away is Joe's signature "J" when he signed his name. I write Joe's capital "J" to this day and remember him each time! God Bless and Rest-in-Peace, my friend...you were taken away much too soon and it was so long ago.
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POSTED ON 8.23.2018
POSTED BY: Susan Falato Lettieri

Thank you for your Service

Joe,
I remember you when I was a kid visiting the house on Sunday mornings with my father Eddie. I want to thank your for your service.
Susan
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POSTED ON 8.22.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Joseph Falato,
Thank you for your service as an Indirect Fire Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. It has been too long, and it's about time 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.2.2015

Remembering You

Your cousin remembers you well.
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