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 Angelo Joseph Sferrazza

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Angelo Joseph Sferrazza

Birth
Thompsonville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death
11 Jul 1966 (aged 22)
Sóc Trăng, Sóc Trăng, Vietnam
Burial
Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID
111540033 View Source

THOMPSONVILLE - The body of Sp4 Angelo J. Sferrazza, 22, of 76 Tariff St., the first Thompsonville man to be killed in action in Viet Nam, arrived here Sunday afternoon at 3. Sferrazza died July 11 of wounds received when a helicopter on which he was a gunner exploded in midair.
Uniformed delegations from all Enfield Veterans Posts, the Thompsonville Fire Department, Enfield Police and cars containing relatives and town officials formed a procession to escort the body to the Leete funeral home.
Heading the escort was a police group, Enfield Mayor Steven Pierz and Liborto DiMaria, representing the Enfield Veterans Council and Enfield Engineer Co., Connecticut National Guard.
Marching beside the hearse were the commanders of Enfield veterans groups, Joseph Martin, John Maciolek Post, American Legion; Ernest Jenison, Tanguay-Magill Post, American Legion; Ronald J. Sullivan, Sr., Enfield Amvets; Joseph Cusimano, Rinaldi-Fede Post, Italian-American War Veterans; George Buckley, Patrick E. Triggs Post, VFW; and Albert V. Poole, World War I Veterans.
A military funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 8.45 at the funeral home with a solemn high mass in St. Patrick's Church at 9.30. Burial will be in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery. Calling hours are today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10.
In tribute to Enfield's first casualty of the Viet Nam conflict, Mayor Steven Pierz Sunday requested the townspeople to display the American flag at half-mast today and Tuesday.
"As mayor, I am sure that all citizens of Enfield join with me in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family for their personal loss," Pierz said.

[Pubished in The Springfield Union, Springfield, MA Monday, July 18, 1966]

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THOMPSONVILLE - SP4 Angelo J. Sferrazza, 22, of 76 Tariff St., died July 11 in Viet Nam of wounds received when a helicopter on which he was a gunner exploded in midair. He was serving with the 121st Aviation Co., U.S. Army.
He had been stationed in Viet Nam about 10 months and prior to that had served two years in Germany. He had about three months remining of his three year enlistment.
He was the first Thompsonville man to be killed in Viet Nam.
Born here February 4, 1944, son of Rosario and Lillian (Porcello) Sferrazza, he was a 1962 graduate of Enfield High School. Prior to entering the service he was employed as an assembler bu Hartford Underwood Corp.
Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Salvatore, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Miriam, and two grandmothers, Mrs. Mary Sferrazza and Mrs. Lucy Porcello, all of Thompsonville.
Leete funeral home is in charge. After the body arrives, Enfield Veterans Council will conduct a full military funeral attended by representatives of local veterans posts.

[Published in The Springfield Union, Springfield, MA, Thursday, July 14, 1966]

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+ Nature Park Named For Enfield Casualty of Vietnam War +
The Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park was dedicated on Memorial Day after remaining in limbo for more than four decades.
A resolution passed by the Enfield Town Council more than 45 years ago finally came to fruition Monday, with the dedication of a park in honor of one of the town's fallen sons.
More than 16 acres of wooded land starting at the Parsons Road boat launch was named the Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park, in memory of Enfield's first casualty of the Vietnam War.
Army Specialist 4 Sferrazza, a 1962 Enfield High School graduate, was killed in action in the Soc Trang Province of South Vietnam on July 11, 1966. He was 22 years old, and was the first of four Enfield men who would die in the conflict in southeast Asia.
Ed Deni, who graduated a year after Sferrazza, recalled him as "a quiet kid, but with a dry sense of humor."
Sam Fiore, Sferrazza's cousin, said Angelo had been serving in Germany upon being drafted, and volunteered to go to Vietnam but "he didn't tell many people because he didn't want them to worry about him."
In Aug. 1966, the Enfield Town Council adopted a resolution to lease, for a dollar a year, a 16-acre parcel of land owned by the Windsor Locks Canal Company, "for the purpose of a town recreation area to be developed through the joint efforts of the Jaycees, Enfield Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and any other interested groups over the next two years."
Just over a year later, in Nov. 1967, the council unanimously passed a resolution expressing thanks to the contributing groups "for the hard work and valuable services they have so generously donated in order to make the Angelo Sferrazza Riverview Park a reality."
Minutes of that meeting state, "Citizens of the Town of Enfield will soon have [at] their disposal an outstanding facility in a beautiful and natural setting for picnicking, boating and general recreation...this Council pledges its fullest support toward the final completion of this most worthwhile project."
More than four decades later, fulfillment of that promise finally came to pass, due to the efforts of Councilman William "Red" Edgar and other town officials.
Mayor Scott Kaupin presided over the Memorial Day ceremony, which included the unveiling of a sign alongside the entrance to a nature trail.
Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza, Angelo's brother, spoke fondly of his older sibling and expressed appreciation to the town for honoring his supreme sacrifice.
"It was an honor when I saw his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but this means even more," he said. "He's a son of Enfield, a hometown kid, and his hometown came out. He represents all the soldiers who have sacrificed, and today, Memorial Day, was an appropriate time for this."

[Published in The Enfield Patch, Monday, May 27, 2013]

THOMPSONVILLE - The body of Sp4 Angelo J. Sferrazza, 22, of 76 Tariff St., the first Thompsonville man to be killed in action in Viet Nam, arrived here Sunday afternoon at 3. Sferrazza died July 11 of wounds received when a helicopter on which he was a gunner exploded in midair.
Uniformed delegations from all Enfield Veterans Posts, the Thompsonville Fire Department, Enfield Police and cars containing relatives and town officials formed a procession to escort the body to the Leete funeral home.
Heading the escort was a police group, Enfield Mayor Steven Pierz and Liborto DiMaria, representing the Enfield Veterans Council and Enfield Engineer Co., Connecticut National Guard.
Marching beside the hearse were the commanders of Enfield veterans groups, Joseph Martin, John Maciolek Post, American Legion; Ernest Jenison, Tanguay-Magill Post, American Legion; Ronald J. Sullivan, Sr., Enfield Amvets; Joseph Cusimano, Rinaldi-Fede Post, Italian-American War Veterans; George Buckley, Patrick E. Triggs Post, VFW; and Albert V. Poole, World War I Veterans.
A military funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 8.45 at the funeral home with a solemn high mass in St. Patrick's Church at 9.30. Burial will be in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery. Calling hours are today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10.
In tribute to Enfield's first casualty of the Viet Nam conflict, Mayor Steven Pierz Sunday requested the townspeople to display the American flag at half-mast today and Tuesday.
"As mayor, I am sure that all citizens of Enfield join with me in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family for their personal loss," Pierz said.

[Pubished in The Springfield Union, Springfield, MA Monday, July 18, 1966]

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THOMPSONVILLE - SP4 Angelo J. Sferrazza, 22, of 76 Tariff St., died July 11 in Viet Nam of wounds received when a helicopter on which he was a gunner exploded in midair. He was serving with the 121st Aviation Co., U.S. Army.
He had been stationed in Viet Nam about 10 months and prior to that had served two years in Germany. He had about three months remining of his three year enlistment.
He was the first Thompsonville man to be killed in Viet Nam.
Born here February 4, 1944, son of Rosario and Lillian (Porcello) Sferrazza, he was a 1962 graduate of Enfield High School. Prior to entering the service he was employed as an assembler bu Hartford Underwood Corp.
Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Salvatore, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Miriam, and two grandmothers, Mrs. Mary Sferrazza and Mrs. Lucy Porcello, all of Thompsonville.
Leete funeral home is in charge. After the body arrives, Enfield Veterans Council will conduct a full military funeral attended by representatives of local veterans posts.

[Published in The Springfield Union, Springfield, MA, Thursday, July 14, 1966]

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+ Nature Park Named For Enfield Casualty of Vietnam War +
The Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park was dedicated on Memorial Day after remaining in limbo for more than four decades.
A resolution passed by the Enfield Town Council more than 45 years ago finally came to fruition Monday, with the dedication of a park in honor of one of the town's fallen sons.
More than 16 acres of wooded land starting at the Parsons Road boat launch was named the Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park, in memory of Enfield's first casualty of the Vietnam War.
Army Specialist 4 Sferrazza, a 1962 Enfield High School graduate, was killed in action in the Soc Trang Province of South Vietnam on July 11, 1966. He was 22 years old, and was the first of four Enfield men who would die in the conflict in southeast Asia.
Ed Deni, who graduated a year after Sferrazza, recalled him as "a quiet kid, but with a dry sense of humor."
Sam Fiore, Sferrazza's cousin, said Angelo had been serving in Germany upon being drafted, and volunteered to go to Vietnam but "he didn't tell many people because he didn't want them to worry about him."
In Aug. 1966, the Enfield Town Council adopted a resolution to lease, for a dollar a year, a 16-acre parcel of land owned by the Windsor Locks Canal Company, "for the purpose of a town recreation area to be developed through the joint efforts of the Jaycees, Enfield Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and any other interested groups over the next two years."
Just over a year later, in Nov. 1967, the council unanimously passed a resolution expressing thanks to the contributing groups "for the hard work and valuable services they have so generously donated in order to make the Angelo Sferrazza Riverview Park a reality."
Minutes of that meeting state, "Citizens of the Town of Enfield will soon have [at] their disposal an outstanding facility in a beautiful and natural setting for picnicking, boating and general recreation...this Council pledges its fullest support toward the final completion of this most worthwhile project."
More than four decades later, fulfillment of that promise finally came to pass, due to the efforts of Councilman William "Red" Edgar and other town officials.
Mayor Scott Kaupin presided over the Memorial Day ceremony, which included the unveiling of a sign alongside the entrance to a nature trail.
Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza, Angelo's brother, spoke fondly of his older sibling and expressed appreciation to the town for honoring his supreme sacrifice.
"It was an honor when I saw his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but this means even more," he said. "He's a son of Enfield, a hometown kid, and his hometown came out. He represents all the soldiers who have sacrificed, and today, Memorial Day, was an appropriate time for this."

[Published in The Enfield Patch, Monday, May 27, 2013]


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