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  PFC John C. Vingione Jr    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

How Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC John C. Vingione Jr, RA12284751, who died in the service of his country on July 23rd, 1950 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death John was 20 years of age. He was from Lyncourt, New York. John's Military Occupation Specialty was 4812-Heavy Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC John C. Vingione Jr include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Private First Class Vingione was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was killed during his units first contact with the enemy, while defending the hills north of Sangiu, South Korea on July 23, 1950. Private First Class Vingione was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.



The Post-Standard, July 7, 1951, Syracuse, NY, Saturday, Page 7.

The funeral of PFC John C. Vingione, Jr., 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Vigione, Sr., of 809 North ave., East Syracuse, who was the first Syracuse area soldier reported killed in action in Korea, will be conducted Monday.

His brother, PFC Anthony J. Vingione escorted the body to Syracuse.

Rites will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday at the rooms of Pirro and Sons and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Daniel's church where a solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated.

Military services will be conducted at the grave in Assumption cemetery by American Legion Post 41.

Six cousins will be bearers, Carmen Damiano, Anthony Modafferi, Patsy Pensabene, Dominick Pensabene, John Scipione and Richard Damiano.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 10 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow.

Besides his parents he leaves his brother, PFC Anthony J. Vingione, who was serving in Japan; a sister, Miss Antoinette M. Vingione; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Michelina Zaccaria; his maternal grandfather, Dominic Caruso; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The department of defense announced he was killed July 23, 1950.

Enlisting in the Army in January, 1949, PFC Vingione received basic training at Camp Pickett, Va., and was transferred to Japan in March, 1949, for occupational duty.

He was a member of the 35th Infantry division (sic). He was a graduate of Lyncourt High School. For a time he was employed by the Thorn Metal Co. He was a communicant of St. Daniel's Church, Lyncourt.