Arthur Lorelli enlisted in the Army in 1943 from his home state of Pennsylvania, and then completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After basic training, he completed parachute training and was sent to an airborne division during World War II, serving in New Guinea and other places in the Pacific.
Later, Lorelli served in the Korean War as a tank gunner. He felt there was a difference between his comrades who had served in WWII and those who did not; one soldier in his tank crew was a nervous eater and ate all the crew’s food.
Lorelli recalls being on the front lines during the Korean War. One time, his tank was pinned down and every time they would move, they would be pushed back. The war was like this at first, a lot of back and forth, but eventually the American soldiers and their allies pushed the North Korean troops back. He also remembers the enemy often showing up in hordes with no rifles, just sticks. They yelled and screamed to scare the American soldiers. Lorelli hated the cold weather and wished he could get sent home to escape it.
Years later, at the end of his career, Lorelli served in the Vietnam War. He retired from the Army in 1972. Lorelli was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars service group, and often attended reunions.
Arthur Lorelli died In 2012. More of his story can be found at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.12724/
We honor his service.
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