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Pvt Joseph F. Santillo
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Birth: Jul. 29, 1932
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1951
Seoul Special City, South Korea

At a very young age Joseph became a ward of the state of New Jersey because of his family's inability or refusal to care for him. My mother, who knew him, said that he was abandoned, but that he did know his mother. He was placed in foster care through the State Board eventually going to the care of Joe and Angie Rodak. He lived with them, their two sons, my dad, and a few other state board boys at 134 Broadway in Jersey City up until the time he enlisted in the army. He was well liked in the neighborhood, especially by the Baratta family who lived two doors up from the Rodaks.

Pvt. Joseph A. Santillo,serial number RA12342479, served as a heavy weapons specialist with Co. M, 3rd Bn., 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was a mortarman. On February 15, 1951 he was killed in action near Seoul, South Korea.

Joseph named the Rodaks, the only real family he ever knew, as beneficiaries to his GI life insurance. After his death his mother, who had abandoned him, showed up at the Rodak's doorstep after many years to demand that they turn over the proceeds of Joseph's military insurance policy. I don't think they did, but it was a very sad ending to an already sad story. 
Note: KIA during Korean War.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Ron Meyers
Record added: Jul 03, 2012
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Pvt Joseph F. Santillo
Added by: Ron Meyers
Pvt Joseph F. Santillo
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Pvt Joseph F. Santillo
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