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Amore Victor Juliano

September 29, 1923 - October 7, 2011

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Lt. Col. Amore Victor "Vic" Juliano
Vic was born September 29, 1923 in St. Pietro de Apostolo, Italy to father Santo and mother Rosa Mazza. He came to the United States through Ellis Island in 1930 and settled in Red Bank, New Jersey. Even though he did not initially speak English, he learned quickly and became a high achiever in school. Vic was an excellent trumpet player, played football and was a Sea Scout. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He finished basic and advanced training then took...

Lt. Col. Amore Victor "Vic" Juliano
Vic was born September 29, 1923 in St. Pietro de Apostolo, Italy to father Santo and mother Rosa Mazza. He came to the United States through Ellis Island in 1930 and settled in Red Bank, New Jersey. Even though he did not initially speak English, he learned quickly and became a high achiever in school. Vic was an excellent trumpet player, played football and was a Sea Scout. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He finished basic and advanced training then took leave and graduated as a Corporal. Immediately after graduation he was promoted to Sergeant and participated in the 1943 Army Maneuvers in Fort Riley, Kansas. Before he could ship out to North Africa with the 9th Armored division his battalion commander selected him for Officer Candidate School. After being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant, he was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for advanced training as an Artillery Forward Observer. He was sent overseas in 1944 and transferred to the 26th Infantry Division to join them during their fight at the Battle of the Bulge. The life expectancy of a Forward Observer was 24 hours and, within 24 hours, he was wounded in the leg during an intense firefight. His "million dollar wound" took him off the line for a short time until he rejoined his unit at the Ziegfried Line. By March 1945 his division was on the move through the Rhineland Campaign meeting fierce resistance. Vic was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor while under a terrible rocket barrage that almost destroyed his unit. His division ended up in Austria on V-E Day and was shortly redeployed to Czechoslovakia. He stayed with the Army of Occupation as a 1st lieutenant and ran several POW camps in the Ardennes where he worked with the French to cut down wood to help rebuild Europe. He was promoted to Captain upon his return to the United States where he put in for Flight School.

Vic was a natural aviator and was selected to become one of the Army's first 100 helicopter pilots. During advanced training at Gary Air base in San Marcos, Texas he met and fell in love with a beautiful college student named Jo Ann Davison. They dated for six months and were married on October 16, 1948.
In 1952, Vic was sent overseas to the Korean War. He was assigned as pilot for General "Iron Mike" O'Daniel and General Mark Clark and was awarded a second Bronze Star and three Air Medals. At the cessation of hostilities, Vic was assigned to Camp Zama, Japan where he was promoted to Major. Vic participated in the atomic bomb tests in Nevada flying through the mushroom clouds. He was the first commander of the 31st Transportation company (Helicopter) flying the UH-34's. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel and retired in 1964 from active duty. He embarked on his second career in the Civil Service assigned to work on the advanced attack helicopter program "Cheyenne" in the Pentagon at Washington, D.C. After moving to Texas in 1970, he became the Chief Contracting Officer and Head of Procurement for Fort Hood, Texas. He was awarded the Commanders award medal and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.
In 1989, Vic retired after over 50 years of service to his country. Vic was a 32nd degree Mason, Past Commander of the American Legion, Member of the VFW, President of the Optimist Club and a member of the Lion's Club. He also served as an Elder at First Christian Church, Smithville. He was predeceased by his eldest son Joe Vic and is survived by his wife Jo Ann, children Sam, Vicki and Rick, son-in-law David Jacobson and daughter-in-law Kathy Juliano and three step-grandsons, Ben, Daniel and Jon Grant. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 on October 11 with interment to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
On Friday, October 7, 2011 Vic gave his last full measure for God, Family and Country. Dad, we salute you and we will miss you!