Joseph Forliano

Joe was born in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. My dad enlisted in the US Army for two reasons; 1) to get three square meals a day and 2) to serve his country as a first generation American.

While in Korea, Joe was a PFC who ran a supply truck and was a fire fighter. He initially wanted to serve in WWII along side his brother, but he was too young.  He enlisted in September of 1946 and separated with an Honorable Discharge in January of 1948. He was there prior to the official war breaking out. After he was discharged he was drafted back in to the war in December 1950 to the 101st Airborne Division, and was Honorably Discharged again in November of 1951.

He was a wonderful man who made friends everywhere he went. His laugh and smile are still unforgettable after all these years since his passing in 2005. He loved this Country with everything he had and he was so proud to have the ability to work hard and make a solid living as a sheet metal worker after he left the military. He often spoke fondly of his service time, and the people he served with.


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September 30, 2021 03:09 pm
Mary Huffman
My parents were from Chicago, Illinois too! They grew up in Cicero not far from the meat packing plants. I would love to hear more stories about Joe and his experiences in the Korean War if you remember them. Do you have any additional pictures of his military service? I know that the pictures would really bring to life Joe's profile. Thank you for sharing his story with us!

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Korean War - Key Events

December 6, 1950

The U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservoir begin their “attack in a different direction” as they engage in a fighting retreat to the port of Hŭngnam. Two entire Chinese armies have been tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. They succeed in driving the American force from North Korean territory but pay an enormous price: as many as 80,000 Chinese troops are killed or wounded, and the CPVF Ninth Army Group is rendered combat-ineffective for months. “Frozen Chosin” becomes one of the most-storied episodes in U.S. Marine Corps history.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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