Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Joseph Emanuel Galano. Joseph served during World War II.

In 1943, Joseph left his junior year at Fordham College, New York City when he was drafted into the Army. He was a part of the reactivated 135th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company. He was assigned to headquarters.

While serving overseas, Joseph visited England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg. He earned the rank of staff sergeant. In an interview for the Veteran’s History Project, Joseph fondly remembers his service and his connection with his fellow soldiers.

After the war, Joseph returned to Fordham and earned his Master’s degree in Social Service. In 1959, he joined the Catholic Relief Services and visited countries including Haiti, Guatemala, and Brazil.

Thank you for your service, Joseph!


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Graphic by Nicole Maiterth. Nicole Maiterth is currently studying Development Studies with a specialization in Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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