Joseph A. Ruggiero


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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 25 February 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 88 (1944)

Citation: Joseph A. Ruggiero, 32324879, Private First Class (then Private), Company M, 16th Infantry. For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 25 February 1943. Although painfully injured during his company’s advance upon an objective, Private Ruggiero, refusing to accept medical attention, continued to press forward, carrying burdensome ammunition for his mortar platoon. Private Ruggiero’s inspiring courage and devotion to duty exemplify the finest traditions of the Service. Residence at enlistment: Richmond Hill, New York.


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  • Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 85 (1945)

Citation: Joseph A. Ruggiero, 32324879, Corporal (then Private First Class), Company M, 16th Infantry. For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. Courageously wading through densely mined sea under heavy enemy fire, Corporal Ruggiero assisted in salvage of valuable equipment from a disabled landing craft. Corporal Ruggiero’s heroic acts contributed materially to the success of the invasion. Residence at enlistment: Richmond Hill, New York.

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