Young immigrant Joe Gallucci turned surprised draft notice into long military career

Nov 12, 2021 294

Joe Gallucci was a teenager when his family immigrated to New York City from Italy. So later, in 1965, as the U.S. was sending combat forces to Vietnam, that draft notice came as a scary surprise. Joe's student deferment was over. So he took that induction notice to an Air Force recruiter.

"I said, 'I don't want to go in the Army, I'm not a citizen.' He said, 'You will be a citizen, not a problem,'" Joe recalled with a laugh. Today, with his dual citizenship, the veteran proudly flies the U.S. flag above that of his homeland outside his home.


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