Picarelli, Joseph Henry, SGT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Service Years
1967 - 1968


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 15, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery - Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61E 001

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment23rd Infantry Division (Americal)198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1967-1968, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1967-1968, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1968-1968, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Sergeant Joseph H. Picarelli was a 24 year old Infantryman who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.  The group that the was with on the day that he died was caught in heavy cross fire when his radio pack became caught on a tree stump which left him exposed to the enemy fire.  He died before reaching the medevac helicopter.  He received a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions that day.

Previously Sergeant Picarelli had received his first Purple Heart and a Silver Star for action on April 28, 1968.  The Silver Star was also presented posthumously on June 17, 1969.

"For Gallantry in action against a hostile force on 28 April 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Picarelli distinguished himself while serving as a radio-telephone operator for the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry. On that date, his company had set up a night position when they suddenly came under intense small arms fire from an enemy force of undetermined size. While his company commander was busy on the company frequency, Specialist Picarelli established communications with battalion headquarters and quickly requested gunships for the defense of the company perimeter. As the gunships arrived on station, they were unable to determine the company's perimeter due to total darkness and the density of the vegetation. Upon hearing the problem from the gunships, Specialist Picarelli, with disregard for his own safety, took a strobe light and moved about the company's perimeter, marking the friendly positions. Although he was wounded by shrapnel from an enemy hand grenade, he courageously continued to expose himself to hostile fire as he marked his perimeter until the enemy force was repelled and forced to retreat. Specialist Four Picarelli's unquestioned valor while in close combat with a numerically superior enemy force and his avid devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army."

The 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry earned a Valorous Unit Award in February of 1968 for the Battle of Lo Giang.

SGT Picarelli was buried at Fair Lawn Cemetery in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.  He was poshumously promoted to Sergeant.  Find A Grave Memorial:





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