Mount Union, Huntingdon County, Pa- The Mount Union community is remembering a man who’s now passed but not forgotten.
The man: 99-year-old Joe Giacobello, a World War II Veteran many have called a humble hero.
Giacobello spent his life helping to serve the Mount Union community, his lifelong home. Earlier in his life, Giacobello served on the battlefield in Europe during World War II.
He has helped countless local veterans, and is noted as one of the most highly decorated vets in Central Pennsylvania.
He received the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, and two Purple Hearts among other honors, But, those who came to pay their respects to Giacobello at a Thursday viewing, said he rarely mentioned his awards… preferring to live a humble life of service.
“He was a guy that you’d run into down here on the streets of Mount Union and you would’ve never guessed he was a decorated war hero. He was a very humble person, and in my experience the people who are of [his] character are humble people,” said Lieutenant Colonel Fred Querry, a retired Army Officer and lifelong friend to Giacobello.
Well over 100 people, including community members, family, friends, and police officers, gathered at Robert D. Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union for Thursday’s afternoon viewing. Those in attendance said they expected many more to come to the second viewing later Thursday evening.
“Wait till this evening, that’s nothing… they’ll come all day this evening you won’t be able to move in there, believe me, you won’t be able to move,” said Robert Vaughn, a friend who said he felt like Giacobello’s son.