Zacchie, Arthur F., S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 745, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1929
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Zacchie, Arthur F. (Artie), S/Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Rio Rancho, NM
Last Address
Rio Rancho, NM

Date of Passing
Apr 06, 2018
 
Location of Interment
Santa Fe National Cemetery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider BadgeBasic Parachutist (4 Combat Jumps)
Auto Rifle
Pistol
Submachine Gun

 

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne


 Military Association Memberships
American Airborne AssociationPost 1Dept of New Mexico
  1945, American Airborne Association [Verified]
  2014, American Legion, Post 1 (Membership Director) (Santa Fe, New Mexico) - Chap. Page
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of New Mexico (Member At Large) (Glencoe, New Mexico) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
NYPD Retired 25 Years.
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Upton Yaphank, NY), A/1
  1943, 1st Basic Training Battalion, 80th Division (Training) (Fort Bragg, NC), A/1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
  1943-1943, 745, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1943-1944, 745, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
  1944-1944, 745, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
  1944-1944, 745, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
  1944-1945, 745, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Military Association Memberships
American Airborne AssociationPost 1Dept of New Mexico
  1945, American Airborne Association [Verified]
  2014, American Legion, Post 1 (Membership Director) (Santa Fe, New Mexico) - Chap. Page
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of New Mexico (Member At Large) (Glencoe, New Mexico) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Reflections on S/Sgt Zacchie's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY.
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
A Day that will live in Infamy
I heard it on the Radio about the War with Japan, December 7th, 1941. That was all I needed. I was off to the war to defend my country. All of my friends were going too. I wanted to do my part. Times were tight and we all wanted to be part of something big also be paid for it as well.

WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Fight for your Country
It was the thing to do to fight for your country that I loved so much. The reason for leaving was because the War had ended. We just wanted to fight the Germans and Japs and take out as many as we could.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Big Guns at Normandy Beach
One of my main Combat Operations was Operation Overlord, D-Day June 5th, 1944. Our job was to knock out the big guns and we did. I learned to take one day at a time, live your life and believe in God. Take take anything for granted, do your job and don't complain it could have been a lot worse.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Liverpool, England. We trained at several different camps for about a year. My whole division from Ft Bragg and Ft Benning shipped out together, out of the port of New York in February 1943 by troop carriers. It rained for about three weeks before D-Day. It rained like hell. We
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
WWII German Tiger Tank
never thought it would ever stop. We were ready when the rain stopped too. We moved to the airfield and total inspections by Jump Masters on C-47s. I had my Thompson .45 Machine Gun loaded with lots of ammo. One of my SSGT's yelled out "Ike's here" . So we all moved over to his jeep. He got out with his driver, a Major. We all moved around Ike. I never forgot what he said, "The world is depending on you men to do your job. Do it the best as you can".

Then he asked a few questions, like "Where were you from"?, then asked about fishing like he was casting a fishing pole in his hand. He said, "God Bless you Men, Good Luck". When he left he had tears running down his cheeks when he left. They took a few pictures while was there. I saw the picture after the war and said, "Damn, that's me". I'm behind Eisenhower with both hands in front of me. The three troops with camouflage were Pathfinders. We never found their bodies I heard. The one next to me on my right, your left, looking at the picture, was Ike's driver a Major.

I was the youngest in my platoon when we were getting ready to load the C-47. My platoon Sgt said to all the men to take care of Jr which was me. One of my least favorites memories was in the Battle of The Bulge, Dec 16th, 1944 to Jan 25th 1945. The Germans mad a big push through the Ardennes Forest. It was very, very cold. We were on the outer edge of town in this basement. The Germans were hitting us hard. This Tiger Tank came down our street. The ground was vibrating from the engine and weight. Behind it was all these German Troops. We didn't have anything that would take out a Tiger Tank so we had to let it go by and if we had fired on it, we all would have been dead. We moved out to fight.

Later my feet froze and the Doctor wanted to cut them off, but I wouldn't let him. They were black looking . They sent me to England for a while, then back to France to the hedge rows. That is where my good buddy Zippy was killed in Action. He tried to run across from one hedge row to another. The Germans had a machine gun set up. They got him and I got mad and scared. I flanked them and came in on their side. There were three of them. I will never forget their faces when they saw me. I cut loose with Thompson and killed all three of them. I then went to get Zippy.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Artie remembers his Friend Zippy.
The most horrific memory was when my best friend Zippy was killed by the Germans. I will never forget that day when he died. I med them pay for that with their lives.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
My Awards and Decorations
The Medals I'm most proud of are my Jump Wings, my Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB) and my Bronze Star with 'V' Device for Valor in Action, my two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, European Theater Ribbons with 4 Battle Stars, and my Marksmanship Medals for the Browning Automatic Rifle and my M1-Garand Rifle.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
In Memory of my Friend Zippy.
The Medal I'm most proud of is my Bronze Star with 'V' Device for Valor in Action for taking out the enemy after they killed my friend.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Commander in Chief, General Dwight D Eisenhower
Capt Jack stood 6 Foot 2 inches. He was really lean and was Killed in Action. The Capt was like General Omar Bradley. He would ask for Volunteers for missions. He wouldn't take anyone that didn't want to go. NOTE: That is me in the background behind Ike with my hands in my belt.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
The Jump Boots Caper
When I was in England in the hospital, me and two others from the 101st went into town to party. Before going back to France, we saw these three guys from Quartermaster that had on Airborne Jump Boots, and Airborne Jump Boots were hard to get and these guys weren't Airborne. So, we called them into an alley and jumped them and took their boots and we left them our old worn out boots, even though the new ones didn't fit us.

Look at the photo of me standing behind Eisenhour(Ike) while he gives us a pep talk. I was smiling because I was giving the British officer to my right a hard time. Every time he wasn't looking, I would reach over and grab his buttocks, He didn't know what to do about that. Funny then, funny now.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
NYPD for 25 Years
I joined the New York Police Department in 1947, and stayed with them for 25 years. I earned three Commendation Medals for saving three lives.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
American LEgion, VFW and Rio Rancho Coffee House
I'm a life member for the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW) and the Rio Rancho Coffee Group for Veterans of all Wars.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Rio Rancho Coffee House Veterans Meeting
I have lots of respect for Veterans from the wars and conflicts we have been in.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
Do your Duty
Obey your Officers above you, and by all means, Love Your Country and GOD.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
S/Sgt Arthur F. Zacchie (Artie) - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
TWS and the US Army
I don't really talk about it much. Most of the WW2 Veterans are all gone now or hard to find if there are any. There aren't many people around that would understand what us WW2 Veterans went through anyway.

*J*

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