Altieri, Allan Joseph, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class



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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Passacic, NJ
Last Address
Glendale, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 24, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
San Fernando Mission Cemetery - Mission Hills, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 083 / Section

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1966, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1966-1966, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Colleges Attended 
Glendale Community College
  1965-1965, Glendale Community College
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Originally from Passacic, New Jersey, he attended Junior and Senior High School in Glendale, California. His family moved back to New Jersey soon after his death in 1966.

The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and sacrifice of PFC Allan Altieri who died on June 24th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam while serving in the HHC Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment. The cause of PFC Altieri's death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Allan was 19 years of age. He was from Glendale, California. When PFC Altieri was returned home, he was buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery without military honors or even a headstone. His family devastated by their loss, moved from the area shortly thereafter and have not visited his grave in many years. One of his classmates from Glendale High School recently provided a headstone to appropriately honor PFC Altieri's final resting place and now, on the 50th anniversary of his death, has organized a memorial service to finally render military honors for PFC Altieri. Allan's family, school friends and members of the 35th infantry regiment will be in attendance for the memorial. We are honored to be invited attend the memorial. Please bring your flags and help provide the Welcome Home PFC Altieri rightly deserves and to rectify his not receiving the honors due to him 50 years ago.

PFC Allan J Altieri, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sully P Altieri, both who have passed away. PFC Altieri are survived by his sister Barbara and brother Darren.

Award Of The Bronze Star with "V" Device For Heroism. For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 June 1966, Private First Class Altieri distinguished himself by heroic actions while serving as a machine gunner with the 1/35th Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon. While making a sweep of an open area in their patrolling sector, the platoon was suddenly subjected to devastating fire by a reinforced NVA company. Private First Class Altieri immediately returned accurate fire on the enemy allowing his comrades to seek cover and establish a hasty defense. In this initial exchange of fire Private First Class Altieri was wounded. Realizing that anyone who came to his aid would certainly be killed, Private First Class Altieri resolutely remained in position and did not call for assistance. As he continued his courageous fight, the enemy began to concentrate their fires on him in an attempt to silence the fire from his machine gun. Undaunted by the volume of fire directed at him, Private First Class Altieri held his ground, but was again struck by enemy fire and killed. His impelling valor, devotion to duty, and inspiring determination to resist to his utmost are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
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By Arin Mikailian, Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2016: 

For decades after his death in the Vietnam War, Allan Altieri's resting place lay bare with no grave marker. But on Friday, exactly half a century after he was killed, his family, friends and several fellow soldiers gathered at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery to commemorate the installation of a new bronze headstone. An Army private first class, Altieri was a local resident who had graduated from Glendale High School. His family was so distraught after his death that they moved to the East Coast and intentionally left his grave unmarked, said childhood friend and classmate David Persson. It wasn't until last year that Persson found out there was no marker and told Altieri's sister, who lives in North Carolina. She gave him her blessings to order one, courtesy of the Veterans Administration.

Persson said the effort wasn't about closure, but rather survivor's guilt. "It's the duty of all of us who return to remember our fallen heroes who served their country so valiantly and gave the ultimate sacrifice," he said Friday. He was surrounded by other veterans, including those of the 35th Infantry Regiment, Altieri's outfit. Altieri was given many honors after his death, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor, both of which are noted on his marker. Persson remembered Altieri as a good friend with a sense of humor who wrote him twice during the war.

Back in Glendale, Altieri's family owned the since-closed Roxy Cinema, where Persson got his first job. Richard Hunter, a combat veteran who served with Altieri, remembered the day he died. He said Altieri was part of a battle in Pleiku Province, where his party was greatly outnumbered, but continued to fight. When his body was found, Altieri's finger was still on the trigger of his machine gun, Hunter said. Hunter spoke of how young he and many other men were at the time. "Allan and I were the same age," he said. "I graduated high school in 1964; I was 19 years old when this happened. We were children. I don't wish that upon anybody.

Barbara Neff, Altieri's sister, was presented with an American flag from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol. For Neff, Friday's ceremony was almost déjà vu because it reminded her of her brother's funeral. But she pointed out a key difference. "It's as though we buried him 50 years ago, but without the military here to honor him. That wasn't thought of at the time, it was just family friends," Neff said. Having fellow veterans at Altieri's freshly placed marker and saluting him was a long time coming, she said. "I never expected all of this, he's getting what he died for  his honors," Neff said.
   
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