Arimento, Joseph A., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Yonkers, NY
Last Address
Yonkers, NY

Casualty Date
Nov 23, 1966
Hostile, Died
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph Cemetery - Yonkers, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 111

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Dix, NJ), A/3
  1966, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Polk, LA), B/2
 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
  1966-1966, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1966, 11B10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurence: 4.2 Friendly Short Mortar Round. Supporting 1/14th at Dragon Crater Fight, 25km West of New Plei Djereng Airfield.
Local GI Killed in Viet Nam
by Joan Kovack

The family of Army Pfc. Joseph A. Arimento marked Thanksgiving here yesterday, not knowing their 20-year-old soldier was killed in Viet Nam the day before. Pfc. Arimento, in Viet Nam six months, died from mortar fragment wounds in combat with the 25th Infantry Division. He is the 10th Yonkers man to die in the war. Last Sunday Marine Cpl. William Dorsey of 49 Fanshaw Ave. was killed in the Da Nang area in combat. Pfc. Arimento's family: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Arimento, and brother Kenneth J., an 18 year-old Navy Reservist, received word of his death at 6 a.m. today at their home, 201 Sommerville Place in North Yonkers.

The young soldier was a member of B Company of the division's 3rd Battalion but recently was on combat mission's with A Company. His unit was based in Pleiku and operated in the central highlands and near the Cambodian border. His family received his last letter, written Nov. 16, on the day he died. He asked for several kinds of food and said he had received communion for Thanksgiving from a new chaplain-the regular one had been killed. Pfc. Arimento's father said today his son counted the days he had left in Viet Nam in each letter home. He wanted to go to college after the service and had already been sent to banking school by the County Trust Co. in White Plains before entering the service. Joseph was graduated from the High School of Commerce here and was editor-in-chief of the school yearbook. He marked his 20th birthday in Viet Nam last July. "He wanted to come home," his father said Joseph had written, "It's a shame they're letting this thing (the war) go this far. If they wanted to they could get it over in a week."

The young soldier was hospitalized three times with what doctors thought was malaria. He suffered from fever and chills but no cause was ever established, he wrote home. Pfc. Arimento, in his last letter said he was "going out" with A Company in an operation directed by Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. commander-in-chief in Viet Nam. He wrote his father privately that he "wasn't scared" and "don't worry." After 47 straight days of combat he was shifted to a non-combat area. He wrote: "I wish they'd take me the hell out of here." He said, "Too many top brass" were around making sure he shined his shoes. 

Described by his father as "meticulous," young Arimento was close to his younger brother. He sent his brother money to put new tires on the car he left behind. Kenneth, who was working on the car, planned to send Joseph pictures of it. Joseph also sent money to his parents, writing them to "use it." They put the money in a bank account. Pfc. Arimento entered the Army in December, 1965, completing basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and advanced infantry training in guerrilla warfare at Fort Polk, La. 

Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
Relationship: Viet Nam Veteran
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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