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Joseph L Argenzio
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1927
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 2010
Fredericksburg City
Virginia, USA

Joe honorably served his country during WWII, a proud soldier of the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), 16th Infantry Regiment. Joe entered the army on September 14, 1944, at 16 years of age, altering his birth certificate to be eligible to serve. His first tour of duty was D-Day, landing in the first wave on Omaha Beach. He fought his way across Europe, The Battlef the Bulge, the Rhine Crossing, the Huertgen Forest, and the liberation of the concentration camp at Falkenau, Czechoslovakia. Decorations awarded for these campaigns include 2 Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, and 2 Bronze Stars. He later became a drummer in the Army's Regimental Band. In 2008, in recognition of his participation in the invasion of Normandy, Joe was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. After leaving military service, Joe and family settled in Baldwin, Long Island. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for thirty-three years then transferred to the U.S Department of State from which he retired in 1984. He joined the Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department in 1963 and served as a firefighter and Fire Commissioner. He started and instructed the Baldwin Fire Department Drum and Bugle Corps, comprised of aspiring youngsters, including his three daughters. He lived by, and taught his hildren to live by the Argenzio family motto 'Loyalty to Family, God and Country'. After retiring, he enjoyed his golf game and spending time with family and friends. In 1994, he and Joan moved to Lake of the Woods, VA. Joe joined the LOW Fire and Rescue, was named an Honorary Chief, and served as Vice-President and President of the Board. He organized the annual 4th of July Parade and Festival for many years. He was a member of LOW Veterans and Knights of Columbus. To honor the sacrifices and memories of all WWII veterans, Joe decided to reach out to local students and organizations, sharing his memories and experiences of being a young soldier in a war torn world. He imparted his philosophy in the honor of serving our country, keeping the history and sacrifices of WWII veterans and their stories alive. At ease brave soldier, now rest. 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Andre La Plume
Record added: Apr 21, 2010
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Joseph L Argenzio
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- rw2009
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- Love Always, Renee
 Added: Mar. 26, 2015
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- wings214
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