|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1937|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 1965|
Hawaii, Capt, US Army, Vietnam, Medal of Honor
Captain Versace was a graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1959. He was both Airborne and Ranger Qualified. His military assignments included:
3/40th Armor, 1st Cavalry Division, Korea
3rd US Infantry, Fort Myer, Virginia
MACV, Viet Nam
5th Special Forces Group, Viet Nam
It was during his assignment with the 5th Special Forces in Viet Nam when he was captured. Just before being captured, he had decided to leave the Army for the priesthood and was accepted as a candidate for the Maryknoll Order in New York.
Rocky was a prisoner for two years and made repeated attempts to escape. Each time, he was subjected to harsh treatment because the enemy knew they had a hard case on their hands. During the entire time of his capture, he continued to duel verbally with his captors in French, Vietnamese and English. Captain Versace was executed by a Viet Cong firing squad and his remains were not recovered.
He was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor on 8 July 2002 by President G. W. Bush before a gathering at the White House of family, West Point classmates and friends. His other awards include the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart.
He is honored on the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial on Panel D1E, Line 33.
He was inducted into the 1st Special Forces Regiment
He was inducted into the USSOUCOM Hall of Heroes
He was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame
He was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes
He is honored by the Rocky Versace Plaza in Alexandria.
Humbert Joseph Versace (1911 - 1972)
Marie Teresa Rios Versace (1917 - 1999)
Humbert Roque Versace (1937 - 1965)
Humbert Roque Versace (1937 - 1965)*
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84703
Created by: David Niebes
Record added: Mar 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24974117