Battle of The Bulge – 70th Anniversary

December 1944  SSG  Battle of the Bulge  Butgenbach, Belgium
December 1944
SSG
Battle of the Bulge
Butgenbach, Belgium

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the World War II battle that was fought in Belgium and Luxembourg from December 1944 through January 1945.  On December 16, with the onset of winter, the German army launched a counteroffensive that was intended to cut through the Allied forces in a manner that would turn the tide of the war in Hitler’s favor. The battle that ensued is known historically as The Battle of the Bulge (army.mil). Continue reading “Battle of The Bulge – 70th Anniversary”

Rocco on Fox 5 News

Rocco was on TV last Tuesday for Veterans Day!  The segment aired 11/11/14 on Fox 5 NY during the the 6pm news with Ernie Anastos.  You can watch the entire segment here.  Rocco’s family and friends are all very proud!

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D-Day Vet Turns 90

December 1944  SSG  Battle of the Bulge  Butgenbach, Belgium
December 1944
SSG
Battle of the Bulge
Butgenbach, Belgium

World War II veteran Rocco Moretto celebrates his 90th birthday today.  The birthday is the second milestone this month for the New York veteran.  Two weeks ago Rocco was honored at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post that bears his name in remembrance of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.  Continue reading “D-Day Vet Turns 90”

Army Birthday Gala

Rocco with U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno and Pfc. Louis Angelici cut the Army birthday cake at the Army Week Association's celebration of the 239th Army Birthday Gala in New York City, June 12, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)
Rocco with U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno and Pfc. Louis Angelici cut the Army birthday cake at the Army Week Association’s celebration of the 239th Army Birthday Gala in New York City, June 12, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)

On Thursday June 12, 2014, Rocco attended the Army Birthday Gala in New York City during Army Week.  The Army celebrates it’s 239th Birthday today.  To celebrate, Rocco helped to cut the Birthday cake with U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno and Pfc. Louis Angelici.

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Rocco Moretto Honored on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Rocco standing under the portrait that was presented to him on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
Rocco standing under the portrait that was presented to him on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

On June 6, 2014, Rocco was honored on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post that bears his name.  Family, friends and members of the Post gathered to celebrate his military service during World War II and in D-Day.  Rocco was presented with a portrait of his 1944 war photo, which now hangs proudly at the Post.  He was also awarded with three proclamations.  In addition to the 70th Anniversary, Rocco celebrated his 90th Birthday, complete with cake and champagne.Continue reading “Rocco Moretto Honored on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day”