#VeteranOfTheDay Joseph Angelo Calabria


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Korean War Army Veteran Joseph Angelo Calabria.

Drafted into the Army in 1951, Joseph served with the 715th Transportation Truck Company, 55th Truck Battalion. He was initially sent to Fort Lawton before deploying to Puson, Korea, in 1952. Joseph was responsible for delivering weapons, food and other supplies to soldiers on the front lines.

After he was discharged from the Army, Joseph continued to serve his fellow Veterans as an advocate. He was active in several Veterans organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. For 18 years he was commander of the Corporal Allan V. Kivlehan Chapter of Korean War Veterans and was involved in setting up a Korean Veterans Memorial on Staten Island. He often said, “If you like your freedom, thank a Vet.”

For his service, Joseph was awarded with the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with three campaign stars and many others.

Joseph passed away on July 28, 2017.

We honor his service.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Graphic By Joanna Specht: Joanna Specht is a student at Black Hawk College with a Major in Visual Communication. 

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Lyly Luhachack

Lyly Luhachack is a graduate student at New York University School of Medicine, with a focus in biochemistry. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.