#VeteranOfTheDay Joseph DeLuca


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Joseph DeLuca. Joseph served during World War II.

Joseph joined the war effort in 1943. He was stationed in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Austria. Over the course of the war, Joseph and his unit walked over 500 miles carrying weapons and a full pack weighing over 80 pounds.

Some of Joseph’s most significant moments in service occurred when he stood honor guard over Gen. George Patton’s casket, and when he liberated the Landsberg Work Camp in April 1945.

Joseph was released from the armed forces in 1946 as a staff sergeant. Among many awards, he earned a Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star.

When asked why he served in World War II, Joseph, who is now 91, said “I believed that I could pay back America by serving in the armed forces, specifically, for allowing my grandfather and father to come to America and immigrate into the American culture and raise our families. I was a proud soldier then, and I still am today.”

Thank you for your service, Joseph!

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Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.