Awards of the Sergeants DeCaro

Listed below are the medals and shooting badges of  father and son sergeants, (the late) Joseph James (World War II) and Joseph Carl  (Operations Desert Shield/Storm,  Stabilization Force VII, Bosnia) DeCaro

               Joseph James                          Joseph Carl

                    Silver Star                                                 ARCOM w/Combat "V" (Silver Oak Leaf)

                    Purple Heart                                             Army Achievement

                    Good Conduct                                          Good Conduct (2nd Award)

                    American Defense                                    National Defense

                    American Campaign                                 Armed Forces Expeditionary (Bosnia)

                    European, African,  Middle East                SW Asia w/3 Bronze Service Stars 

                    WW II Victory                                            NATO (Bosnia)

                    Army of Occupation (Germany)                 Kuwaiti Liberation (Kuwait)

                    Croix de Guerre (Belgium)                        Kuwaiti Liberation (Saudi Arabia)

                    Expert Sub-Machine Gun                          Expert Pistol

                    Expert 50 Cal Machine Gun                      Marksman Rifle

                    Expert 3" Gun                                          "Expert" 35 mm

Joseph James DeCaro was a member of the 192nd Field Artillery, Connecticut National Guard. After the unit was "federalized" in 1941, most of the artillery made its way to the Pacific. However, Joseph's anti-tank battalion was sent to Camp Hood to become "tank destroyers" whose motto was "Seek, Strike, Destroy." Originally equipped with towed French 75's, at Hood the TD's became mechanized by mounting their guns on half-tracks. Later in the war, TDs became more lethal with the advent of the M-18 "Hellcat," which boasted a 76 mm gun. Wounded and decorated for valor in the "Bulge," Joseph retired from Sikorski Aircraft in 1986 and lived in Stratford, Connecticut, until his death in 2008.

Unlike his father, Joseph Carl DeCaro began his 10-year military career in active duty and ended it in the National Guard. During Desert Storm, Joseph was the sole combat correspondent for the 1st "Tiger" Brigade of the 2nd Armored "Hell on Wheels" Division that deployed to the Gulf in late 1990.  Several years after his discharge, Joseph joined the Connecticut Army National Guard where he officially became a bona fide military photojournalist, covering peacekeeping operations in Bosnia for the Connecticut Guardian during SFOR VII in 2000. A sometimes writer and college student, Joseph lives and works part-time in Stratford, Connecticut.

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