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James
Stephen Cocchiara

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  12/12/45
Birth Place:  Uxbridge, MA
[record sources also list Whittinsville, MA as birth place]
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
 
Father's Name:  Caesar J. Cocchiara
Mother's Name:  Stacia A. (unknown) Cocchiara
Sibling Names:  a brother
 
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
 
Education:
 
School Attended:  Sacred Heart School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  1/5/53
 
School Attended:  Our Lady of Sacred Heart School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  1/3/56
 
School Attended:  Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/9/59
 
High School Diploma:  Yes
Diploma Year:  1963
 
College Name:  American International College, Springfield, MA
Degree Major: 
Degree Year: 
 
Selective Service Data:
 
SSS Local Board Number:  83
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  1/3/64  
SSS Registrant Description:  6' 0"/168 pounds/brown hair/brown eyes
 
Military Service Record:
 
Entry Date:  7/31/64
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
 
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
 
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
 
Rank:  Private First Class
Rank Abbrev:  PFC
Pay Grade:  E3
 
MOS:  11B1P
MOS Title:  Infantryman
MOS Background:  Established May 65.  MOS still in use Aug 00. 4th char of 1 = E1-E4 skill level.  5th char of P = Airborne qualified.
 
Awards Received:  Purple Heart Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal
 
Badges Earned:  Parachute Badge; Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
   
Length Of Service:  1 year
 
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
 
Date Tour Commenced:  11/30/65
 
Major Command:  101st Airborne Division
Sub Command 1:  1st Brigade
Sub Command 2:  2nd Battalion, 320th Artillery
Sub Command 3:  Battery A
 
Base Location:  Phan Rang, South Vietnam
 
Army Campaign Number:  2nd
Army Campaign Name:  Defense
 
Casualty Data:
 
Casualty Date:  3/4/66
Casualty Time:  1700
Casualty Age:  20
 
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire
 
Casualty Province:  Unknown Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  CQ 117 295
Located In Or Near:  Vic Tuy Hoa
 
Body:  Recovered
 
Burial/Memorial: 
 
Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  St. Mary 599
Burial Date:  3/14/66
 
Consigned Funeral Home:  Byron Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
 
Escort Name:  SGT Lorenzo T. Munoz, USA
 
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  2nd
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  05E
                                                  Line Number:  98


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