John Joseph Matarazzi


US Army Insignia

United States Army

CPL Insignia - Army



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327th Infantry Patch   327th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms  101st Airborne Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
"D" Company, 2nd Battalion
 327th Infantry Regiment
 101st Airborne Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Army Airborne Basic Parachutist Badge

Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star  Purple Heart  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell August 10, 1968

John was born on the 7th of January, 1949 in Lebanon.  He was one of two sons and two daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Matarazzi, Sr.  He grew up in the Lebanon area and graduated from Lebanon High School in the Class of 1967.

He enlisted in the Army in September of 1967.  After basic training he completed the U.S. Army Airborne training course at Fort Benning, Georgia.  His next assignment was Vietnam and arrived there on the 8th of May, 1968.  Upon arrival he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  He fell as a result of mortar wounds inflicted from a friendly air strike which was directed at a hostile force.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Parachutists Wings.  He was also awarded the Cross of Gallantry, the Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

He was survived by his parents; a brother, Clyde; and sisters, Marie and Margie

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