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PFC 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 wasn't completely abandoned, because he did know his mother. His teenage mother was unwed when she gave birth to Joseph. Unable to take care of him, 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. The photo I used in this memorial was the one that he gave to my grandparents after his graduation from basic training.

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.

Note: KIA during Korean War.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section 3, Lot 221, Grave 1
GPS (lat/lon): 40.9085, -74.20139
Created by: Ron Meyers
Record added: Jul 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93005276
PFC Joseph F. Santillo
Added by: David Taylor
PFC Joseph F. Santillo
Added by: David Taylor
PFC Joseph F. Santillo
Added by: Ron Meyers
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- VickiO
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014

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