Col. Joseph A. Germani, born April 12, 1938 in Mamaroneck. Son of the late Angelo and Rose (Fraioli) Germani. Joseph, known to his friends as “Murph”, was a resident of Pt. St. Lucie, FL for the past 30 years.
He served our country in the United States Army in the Dominican Republic and had multiple tours in the Vietnam War. He was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Air Cavalry. Col. Joe Germani was awarded more than 20 medal awards among those included Purple Heart with clusters, Air medals with clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Vietnam Medal. Col. Germani retired in 1993. Col.
Germani grew up in Mamaroneck, graduated Mamaroneck High School and the University of Tennessee. He entered the United States Army as a 2nd Lt. in the armor division and subsequently a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and later advanced to become a highly decorated wartime helicopter pilot. Col. Germani, “Murph”, was credited with saving numerous lives with his heroic and valiant battlefield duty which was recognized by the awarding of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Star.
“Murph”, like many of the Vietnam heros, carried the demons of combat and losses of friends with the demons and curses of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which finally led him to seek a final rest and escape. Murph’s final expression lends to the following expression as noted by a fellow Viet Nam warrior as enscribed at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial: “If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.”Major Michael Davis O’Donnell, 1 January 1970 Dak To, Vietnam. Listed as KIA February 7, 1978
He leaves behind his sister Carol Germani O’Brien and brother in law Artie O’Brien of Houston, TX, many cousins, and Chrissie & Billy Andrews with whom he resided the past seven months, and many lifelong friends including, Jim Rosenblum, Michael Girolomo, Stu Schwartzreich and his companion of 20 years, Barbara Lachmann.
Visitation Tuesday, January 19 from 6-9 pm at COXE & GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, 767E. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck. 914-698-5968. Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 20 at 10am at St. Vito’s RC Church followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity or church in honor of Col. Joseph A. Germani.