Joseph Lawrence Annello

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Joseph Lawrence Annello, born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 5, 1933. Was a student in High School before enlisting in the US Army on April 24, 1950. Retired from the US Army on August 1, 1970 to complete my education. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in 1974. Also attended the US Army Language School, Monterey, CA (now the Defense Language School) and graduated as a Japanese Language Linguist. Worked for the US Government until retiring in 1998. Married to the former Jung Ae Choi, of Busan, Korea, on June 19, 1959. Was assigned to four tours of duty in Korea during the years, 1950, 51, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 65, 66, and 67. Served the first tour as a squad leader in the machine gun platoon, H Company 7th RCT, 3rd Infantry Division. Was severely wounded and captured by the Chinese in April 1951. Rescued/escaped on June 1, 1951. Assigned as the Operations Sergeant, 8057th ASU, Bupyung, during the 2nd and 3rd tours, the last tour as the Sergeant Major, Detachment R, KMAG, Taegu. Also, served several tours in Japan, last assignment as CSM at HQ, US Army, Japan, Camp Zama. Awards and Decorations include: Combat Infantry Badge, US Presidential Unit Citation badge, Korean Presidential Citation badge, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Serivce Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal (7th Award),Japanese Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal (3 stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, and several other service medals.
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