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Recognizing the Service and Contributions of John Colacchioby Representative Alan Grayson
Posted on 2014-01-08
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mr. GRAYSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize an outstanding
member of the Central Florida community, John Colacchio. Mr. Colacchio
is an 89-year-old veteran of the Second World War who recently
participated in an Honor Flight. The Honor Flight for the 2nd Infantry
Division from World War II was a one-day event in which veterans flew
to Washington, DC and visited the memorials to their fallen comrades. A
native of Long Island, New York, Mr. Colacchio worked in the rail
industry before serving our country. Following the attack on Pearl
Harbor, Mr. Colacchio voluntarily joined our armed forces. He bravely
fought with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division in historic battles
including the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Mr.
Colacchio served with distinction for two years and nine months
overseas, earning a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
After leaving the armed services, Mr. Colacchio returned to his job at ATO Operations Railroad and worked there for another 34 years. In 2008, after the passing of his beloved wife, Mr. Colacchio moved to be near his only child, in Celebration, Florida. His daughter, Barbara, is a Marine Corps veteran and served as Honor Guardian on his recent Honor Flight.
Mr. Colacchio sacrificed greatly to help our country in a time of need. He served with dedication and bravery and has remained active in the veteran community. It is my pleasure to recognize his accomplishments and contributions to the community.