Cataldo, Joseph Richard, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
3140-Infectious Disease Officer
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Officer)
Primary Unit
1963-1965, 3100, Army Garrison Fort Ord, CA
Service Years
1957 - 1971

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Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Boston, Massachusetts
Last Address
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
Feb 17, 2014
Location of Interment
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery - Boscawen, New Hampshire
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US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

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US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Coast Guard Honorable Discharge Medical Shoulder Cord

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Last Known Activity

Joseph Cataldo was born on January 18, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 19, 1946, and served as a Hospital Corpsman until receiving an honorable discharge on August 19, 1949. He next enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on May 23, 1952, and served until receiving his commission as a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Reserve on October 7, 1957. During this time, Lt Cataldo completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry at Harvard University in 1953, and then attended Boston University School of Medicine. He went on active duty in the Army beginning October 14, 1957, and remained a student medical officer while attending Boston University School of Medicine until he completed medical school in June 1958. Capt Cataldo next performed his General Medical Officer Intern Training at the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia, from June 1958 to July 1959, followed by service as a Medical Officer with the 10th General Dispensary in West Germany from July 1959 to May 1960, and then as a Medical Officer and then Commanding Officer of the 209th General Dispensary in West Germany from May 1960 to August 1962. He attended additional medical training at Johns Hopkins University from August 1962 to June 1963, followed by additional medical training and then residency training at the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Ord, California, from June 1963 to June 1965. Maj Cataldo continued his medical training at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from June 1965 to May 1966, and then served as Commanding Officer of the 20th Preventive Medicine Unit in South Vietnam from November 1966 to June 1967, followed by service as a Surgeon with the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 1967 to July 1969. LTC Cataldo attended Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from August 1969 to June 1970, and then served as Chief of the Communicable Disease and Immunology Research Branch with the Army Medical Research and Development Command at the Pentagon from June 1970 until his retirement from the Army on December 1, 1974. During this time, Col Cataldo served with the Redwine Security Group during the Son Tay Raid, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War in North Vietnam on November 21, 1970. After retiring from the Army, Dr. Cataldo opened a private practice in Alexandria, Va. He moved to New England in the 1980s, first working as a consultant for Blue Cross Blue/Shield of Maine and later as an emergency room doctor at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Joseph Cataldo died on February 17, 2014, and was buried at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

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Combat Medical 1st Award
Flight Surgeon Badge (Basic)
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 Unit Assignments
US Coast GuardUS Air ForceAMEDD Activity Fort Benning, GA97th General Hospital
209th General Dispensary, 97th General HospitalArmy Garrison Fort Ord, CA
  1946-1949, US Coast Guard
  1952-1957, US Air Force
  1958-1959, 3100, AMEDD Activity Fort Benning, GA
  1959-1960, 3100, 97th General Hospital
  1960-1962, 209th General Dispensary, 97th General Hospital
  1963-1965, 3100, Army Garrison Fort Ord, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Raid)
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard UniversityBoston CollegeJohns Hopkins UniversityCommand and General Staff College
  1949-1953, Harvard University
  1953-1958, Boston College
  1962-1963, Johns Hopkins University
  1969-1970, Command and General Staff College
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