VINCENT G. YACOBOZZI
In 1936, at the age of 19, he came to the United States. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps on February 2, 1942 and served as a Staff Sergeant with the 13th Air Force in the South Pacific for 3 of his 4 military years. He was engaged in the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the Northern Solomon Islands, the Dutch Indies, New Guinea and the Philippines. He flew 15 combat missions as a gunner in a B-24 Bomber before 4 bouts with Malaria grounded him. His Military awards include Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon/Medal and Philippino Liberation Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star.
As one of the oldest members and Life Member, Vince, served the Italian American Veterans Post #1, Lorain, Ohio, for over 48 years and was an outstanding member and past Chairman of the IAV Color Guard. He participated in Veterans’ Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Iwo Jima Day, Memorial Day and Lorain’s International Festival ceremonies as well as countless military funerals with the IAV Color Guard. He served as an honorable member of Amvets, Post 47, Lorain, Ohio, a Lifetime Member of the V.F.W., Post 451, Lorain, Ohio, Chaplin of the Lorain Veterans’ Council, Lorain Senior Fellowship Club, a charter member of the National World War II Memorial Association and was named Veteran of the Year in 2002 by the Lorain Veterans Council. In April, 2007, at the age of 90, Vince’s latest accomplishment was his installation as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, the highest rank in the organization.
At age 87, this proud World War II Veteran got to see his place in history marked as he stood beside other veterans and saluted the long-awaited World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. honoring “The Greatest Generation”. Vince often stated, “This memorial represents the freedoms we have today and to never take it for granted because there may come a day when we don’t have those freedoms.”
Employed as a metallurgist with U.S. Steel Corp. for 37 years, Vince retired in 1979. Throughout his wonderful life, Vince made sure he gave back to his community and fellow veterans by visiting with veterans in the Brecksville Veterans Hospital and the Solder’s and Sailor’s Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He also made a point to visit the children’s orphanage in Oberlin, Ohio donating bicycles and other toys to the children and donated his time to the Lorain Catholic Center preparing meals for those in need.
As a devout Roman Catholic, Vince served as a member of the Holy Name Society, an usher and adult alter server at the Church of St. Peter, Lorain, Ohio, as well as always participating in various fundraisers and events. He was a charter member of the Montenero Club, Lorain, Ohio.
Vince enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling to Florida, Arizona and Italy, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Mount Union Purple Raiders.
He is survived by his brothers, Enio (Hazel) Yacobozzi of Dublin, Ohio, Timo (Nancy) Iacobozzi of Griffith, Indiana, three sons, Dennis Yacobozzi (Marty) of Westerville, Ohio, Kenneth Yacobozzi (Ellen) of Grafton, Ohio, Ronald Yacobozzi (Natalie) of Amherst, Ohio, a daughter, Candita Trott (Craig) of Columbus, Ohio, 7 grandsons, Denny (Eleana) Yacobozzi, Dominic Yacobozzi, Matthew Yacobozzi (friend Kristin Bock), Anthony Yacobozzi, Christopher (Connie) Yacobozzi, Nicholas Yacobozzi and Nathan Shubick and numerous nephews, great nephews, nieces and great nieces throughout Italy, France and the United States.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, January, 15th at the Reidy Scanlan Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio. A memorial service will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus at 6:45 PM followed by a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM by the Church of St. Peter Holy Name Society and then Words of Remembrance/Eulogy. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 9:20 AM. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Peter, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Ohio. Fr. Chuck Henkle, O.F.M. Conv. officiating. Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, where full military honors will be conducted by the Italian American Veterans Post #1 and the United States Army. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of St. Peter Capital Campaign, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Ohio, 44053 or Catholic Charities, 203 West 8th Street, Lorain, OH 44052.
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