Joseph Henry Fraccola
Jul 16, 1923 - Feb 6, 2012
FRACCOLA, JOSEPH H.
Born in Pontecorvo, Italy on July 16, 1923 and raised in Utica, N.Y., Joe passed away at the age of 88 years old in Gold River, CA on Febuary 6th of natural causes. Son of Louis A. Fraccola and Julia Salerno Fraccola, he is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Ruth Ciotti Fraccola and his step children: Cynthia Guliano (Carl), Cherylanne Pobuta (Steve), Felix Ciotti Deceased, (Rhonda), Archangelo Ciotti, Joe Ciotti (Wendy), eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren his sister Marie Carzo of Utica, NY and his Havanese Pet, Ce Ce.. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Flora Rabice, Anna Petronio, Elizabeth Rabice and Ida Kupiec.
He was a Boy Scout, Scout Master and a graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School (1942) Joe attended Excelsior School of Business, Mohawk College, Meyers Conservatory of Music, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Specialist School, Granite City IL, Various Military and Department of Defense Air Force Weapon Systems (Mobile and Fixed Ground Radar Systems, technical schooling). In 1970, Joe received a Professional Engineers License from the State of Mass.
In 1939 at the age of 16, he served as a Private in Company L, 10th Infantry, N.Y. State National Guard.
During WW11 he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a Technician 4th Grade, member of the 743rd Engineers Heavy Shop Company in Southwest Pacific Theatre of Operation (New Guinea, Biak, Leyte and Manila). Joe was awarded several service medals, ribbons and a Sharpshooter Medal for Rifle 03. He was a Combat Veteran.
Upon discharged from the military (1945), he returned to civil service employment at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, N.Y., Aircraft Landing Gears and Hydraulics Specialist. During this period he schooled into Electronics, specializing in Radar Systems. In 1958 he was assigned Equipment Specialist for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, (BMEWS). In 1967 he volunteered to serve as a “Military Civilian”, Technical Advisor, for Radar Systems in Vietnam and Program Manager for Project Seek Dawn in Vietnam and Thailand. In 1969 received a new assignment, Program Manager, Project Steer Program at Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y. He returned to his home base, McClellan AFB, CA in 1971 as Program Manager for BMEWS and Acquisitions of new Radar Weapon Systems for Air Force Logistic Command. He received many awards from various Commands during his 30 years of services with the Air force. Joe received a Civil Service Disability Retirement in May 1976.
His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of music with an impressive knowledge and background of Concerts and Marching Bands and, Drum and Bugle Corps. War declared over, waiting for sufficient points to return home from Manila, he was reassigned to the 734th Armed Services Band which provided entertainments at USOs and Hospitals. He was a Professional Musician and a music teacher for both private and Adult Training Program at Rome Free Academy, Rome, N.Y. He was associated with the Utica Civic Band; Utica JR Symphony Orchestra; Director, American Legion Post 229 Drum and Bugle Corps; Joe is credited in successfully teaching a young man affiliated with the VFW Drum and Bugle Corps, Rome, NY, rudiments of music and the art of bugling that qualified him for a Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also associated with the Red & White Utica Bands; Ilion Civic Band and the Northern California Chapter All-American Contest Judges Association. His pride and joy was the Founder and Music Director of the Whitestown American Legion Post 1113 All American Concert and Marching Band, “THE BLUE JACKETS”.
During 1950 Joe volunteered his time to organize a 2nd Battalion Headquarters, Marine Reserve, Hancock Field, Syracuse, N.Y. Marine Band. A successful recruiting drive was made from local high schools. He was also successful in arranging auditions for Sacramento Area High School’s senior musicians that were interested in becoming a member of a U.S. Marine Band. Joe received an Honorary Recruiter Award from the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Services.
He was Past Presidents: American River Chapter, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); Council of Seniors & Senior Organizations. PR Director for Senior Gleaners; NARFE, State of CA Public Relations Director; founder of Gold River America Organization; Vice Chairman Media & Marketing Director, Veterans Memorial Plaza, Mather, CA.
Among his volunteerism, Joe served as a Track and Field Official at Sacramento State University and American River College Track and Field events and U. S. Olympic Trials for over 20 years. He was a former member of the Athletic Congress/U.S.A. Certified Official.
Joe is a Past Exalted Ruler and the 1980 Elk of the Year, Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103, Carmichael, CA. At the 1988-89 Elks National Convention, Joe’ year as Exalter Ruler, he accepted the Grand Exalted Ruler’s challenge, “any lodge who recruits 10% of its membership, he would attend the initiation and personally initiates the new members into the lodge.” Since our membership was over 3, 000 and was successful in recruiting over 300 new members, the Grand Exalted Ruler attended and initiated the new members at Carmichael Elks Lodge. This was the lodge’ first visit by a Grand Exalted Ruler. Members and visitors resulted to standing room only throughout the lodge’ facility. A Grand Success.
In supporting the troops during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflict, he and a neighbor made Yellow Bows that were posted on light posts on their Gold County Blvd. block in Gold River. Joe’ follow up support was obtaining Casino donated playing cards for the troops fighting the war on terrorism. During 1999 – 2005, over 153, 000 decks of Casino donated playing cards were shipped to Troops in War Zones and Hospitals. On July 28, 2002 Joe received a Sacramento Bee ABOVE & BEYOND Award for supporting troops fighting the war on terrorism.
Organized and arranged with St John Evangelist Catholic School having students make Valentines & Veterans Day cards annually for VA patients at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather. Member of ROAMA, Empire State Social Club Luncheon Group; Volunteer, Sacramento VA Medical Center. Life Member: DAV Chapter 93, North Highlands, CA, VFW Post 10125, Rancho Cordova, CA. Joe was a self made Patriot.
He was an Organizer and also a Party Man for Clam Bakes, BBQs, Picnics and a Fund Raiser for Carmichael Elks Lodge, Empire Social Club and various organizations. Joe, his wife Ruth and his Italian Sausage maker crew, made 300-400 pounds of sausage for various events. For this special group, it was merriment time With Antipasto, Pasta, Sausage and Vino for their volunteerism and dedication in support of these events.
Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St John the Evangelist Catholic School’s annual Veterans Greeting Cards Program for Outpatients/Hospitalized Veterans at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather, CA, at 5701 Locust Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608. (Nancy Conroy, Principal, 916- 481-8845).
He was a man , a patriot who extended himself..He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
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