JOSEPH GAMBINO JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 116 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH GAMBINO JR

WALL NAME

JOSEPH GAMBINO JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/116

DATE OF BIRTH

04/07/1949

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/07/1973

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH GAMBINO JR
POSTED ON 8.1.2019
POSTED BY: JeffMandel

Bronx High School of Science

As we approach our 45th reunion, I have taken on the responsibility of updating our class directory in hopes of accounting for as many classmates as possible. Unfortunately, that includes updating the list of classmates who are deceased, a number that grows every year as we age. The first name that always comes to mind is Joe Gambino, not just for me but for every member of our class. I have yet to speak to a single classmate that doesn’t remember Joe an have great things to say about him. Every single classmate seems to have actually known Joe and for a class of about 850, that says something. Everyone liked Joe without exception. He was warm, friendly to everyone, absolutely non-judgemental. I don’t know that I can recall him without a smile on his face and a nice word. He never shied away from doing what was right, one of the best human beings I’ve know. I daresay that every classmate who has been to the Wall has found and touched his name, as he touched so many. In one of a number of schools that supposedly graduated “the best,” Joe Gambino was definitely one of the “best of the best.” Rest in Peace, Joe.
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POSTED ON 7.31.2019
POSTED BY: Steve Gayner

So Long Ago, Yet So Easy to Remember

Went to Bronx Science with Joe, then to Cornell. We saw each other sporadically at school and I lost track of him after graduating, except thru Class Notes and the like. Saw the Vietnam Wall soon after it was built and found his entry. RIP, Joe.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2019
POSTED BY: Gary D Aronowitz

Happy Belated 70th Birthday

Old friend, sorry I missed your 70th birthday last month. Wish you were still here to celebrate it.
The National Memorial Day Concert from Washington, on PBS, reminded me that I had forgotten. Seeing all the Vietnam-era soldiers, and listening to the stories of two of them, really made me reflective that "All Gave Some and Some (like you) Gave All." I hope to see you again, soon, man.
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POSTED ON 11.4.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Joseph Gambino,
Thank you for your service as as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) I hate that you passed on your birthday, sad. 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 5.29.2018
POSTED BY: John R. Church, USAFR (Ret)

Lt Joe Gambino, USAF

Joe Gambino took me on an "orientation" ride over Cambodia, the day before his birthday, 1973. He was shot-down the next day. Joe was an OV-10 pilot (Rustic) attached to the 8th TFW, Ubon; I was an intelligence officer and briefed the aircrews daily. Joe was an aggressive FAC, not reluctant to get close for a good look at his target.
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