JOSEPH A ORETO
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 76 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH ANTHONY ORETO

WALL NAME

JOSEPH A ORETO

PANEL / LINE

27W/76

DATE OF BIRTH

08/22/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/13/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WESTMINSTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Carroll County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH ANTHONY ORETO
POSTED ON 8.14.2008
POSTED BY: Pam Oreto Cushenan

Always My Hero

Although my heart broke to lose our big brother, I was proud that he volunteered to serve our country. He led by example in our family and served honorably during his time with the armed forces. I believe that his example led to three more of us following in his footsteps.

His time with us was much too brief, but he will be remembered with stories and smiles for as long as we breathe.
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POSTED ON 10.25.2007
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR TO THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SOLDIER


SERGEANT

JOSEPH ANTHONY ORETO


AERO RIFLE PLATOON

AIR CAVALRY TROOP

11th ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

" BLACKHORSE "


CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

THE SILVER STAR

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph Anthony Oreto (US51670676), Sergeant, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 13 April 1969 while serving as Squad Leader with the Aero Rifle Platoon, Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while conducting a bomb damage assessment in a heavily- fortified enemy base camp, the platoon suddenly came under intense machine gun and antitank rocket fire from a well-concealed and well-entrenched hostile force. Sergeant Oreto and his lead squad were immediately pinned down in an open area directly in front of the enemy positions. Realizing the desperate situation he and his men were in, Sergeant Oreto single-handedly assaulted the nearest enemy bunker. While the hostile fire was concentrated on him, his men were able to maneuver into more secure positions. As he prepared to throw a hand grenade into the enemy bunker, he was fatally wounded by hostile fire. Sergeant Oreto's outstanding courage, unwavering devotion to duty and deep concern for the welfare of his men were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 12.14.2006
POSTED BY: Joe Willey

Operation Embrace

Tony,

Your fellow Blackhorse Troopers have made contact with your brothers and sisters. Your memory lives on through them and your Blackhorse brothers.

Allons!
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POSTED ON 7.27.2003
POSTED BY: Mary Lou Oreto D'Altorio

My Brother, Tony

I tried hard to get Tony to take a college deferment.
He said he owed this country a great deal and it was payback time. He was 21 and had been married 3 weeks when he left for Viet Nam.
He paid the debt he felt he owed.
He was a good man.
Perhaps the best of us.
I miss him still.
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POSTED ON 7.17.2002
POSTED BY: David L. Summers

A brave and dedicated soldier

Tony was a squad leader with the Aero Rifle Platoon, Air Cav Troop, of the 11th A.C.R. (BLACKHORSE). He arrived in the platoon late in 1968 and was assigned to the 4th squad. The mission of this unit was as a heliborne assault infantry platoon. On missions, this platoon consisted of 28 soldiers, and in many cases less. The ARP's would engage the enemy in combat and cut off all routes of escape. They would do snatch missions, bomb damage assessments, and rescue downed pilots. Tony was a first class individual, with a great sense of humor that manifested itself in the toughest of times. He was dedicated to his fellow soldiers and was a consumate leader. His call sign was "Raider 64". For 33 years I have wanted to contact his family and tell them about Tony in this period of his life. I feel blessed to have known him and feel that with his death the world was deprived of one of it's finest men.
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