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LT. Col. Joseph Louis Sacchini LT. Col. Joseph Louis Sacchini
(June 14, 1927 - December 14, 2011)

U.S. Veteran Youngstown – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating, preceded by an 9:45 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, for Lt. Colonel Joseph Louis Sacchini, 84, of Youngstown, who passed away early Wednesday morning December 14, 2011.

Joseph will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born June 14, 1927 in Youngstown the son of Umberto and Anna (Campana) Sacchini and attended Oak Street and Lincoln Elementary Schools. He then graduated from East High School in 1945. Joseph was Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from the ROTC program at Youngstown College in 1952 and received his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 1953. Joseph then graduated in 1958 from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, receiving his Master of Science Degree in Education.

Joseph was a teacher for over 25 years with the Youngstown School System as a class room teacher. He taught Geography and History at Lincoln, East High and Adams Jr. High School. He was a Principal for over nine years at South High School, Lincoln Middle School, Hillman Jr. High School, and as a Vocational Program Manager at Tod Vocational School working with special needs programs and disadvantaged youth. He retired in 1987 with 34 years of service.

Joseph worked at the Youngstown Park and Recreation Department as a Director and a Supervisor of all City playgrounds during the summer months for twenty years. Joseph administered over forty-three playgrounds, nine baseball fields, eight tennis centers, six supervisor aides and a staff of over 100 directors. He was responsible for organizing all activities, publicity and summer tournaments along with being in charge of nine basketball centers and recreation activities from December through March on Friday and Saturday weekends. In 1966 he was appointed Director of the AAU Track and Field Meet Youngstown, Ohio in which all Northeast Ohio participated.

Joseph volunteered in the United States Army upon high school graduation and served through 1946. In 1952 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Artillery while attending Youngstown College ROTC. Upon his commission in 1952 through 1980 he served in various command and Reserve Assignments. His last major Command was Commander of the 1654th Civil Affairs Group RTU. Joseph was further assigned for training to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Military Operations as Staff Action Officer, Pentagon. Washington, D.C. from 1966 through 1980. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1963 and the Industrial War College in 1964. He retired in 1987 with over 36 years of active reserve service.

Mr. Sacchini was instrumental in getting Miss Mary Ann Campana recognized by the International Aeronautic Association, Smithsonian Institution, United States Government, Italian Government, State of Ohio, Youngstown City Government, Historical Societies of Ohio and Youngstown, Ohio, Governmental Officials, Clubs, News Media, Publishers, Writers, etc. for her achievements as an Italian immigrant who broke the World's light airplane endurance record without refueling in 12 hours and 27 minutes on June 4, 1933 over the city of Youngstown and surrounding communities as a nineteen year old. She also has the distinction of being the first licensed teenage female pilot in Youngstown, Ohio and the State of Ohio. On April 7, 1991 she was Knighted by the Italian Government by being named Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Since his retirement he has been researching the contributions of Italian immigrants who had moved to the Mahoning, Trumbull and Lawrence Counties. Mr. Sacchini has contacted the Ohio Historical Society, Historical and Italian Organizations, publishers, writers and news media to help promote the accomplishments of Italians and that their contributions were significant in the development and the growth of Ohio. Example of work to date: he has compiled a database of 8500 obituaries of Italian immigrants who came to this area from 1920 to the present. Information compiled is as follows: Name- Birthdate- Date of Death- City- Province- Year of Arrival- Father's Name- Mother's Name- List of Survivors- Church- Cemetery- Funeral Director. On completion of this project it will be made available on-line through the internet. It should be noted that this book The Italian Family Genealogy was published in 1994 by PIP Printing, Boardman Canfield Road. His second book, The Italians of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, which was completed in 1996, was written in the belief that the successful achievements of Italians comes from the values and meanings of a peoples civilization and culture that has developed over many centuries. The book seeks to present a true and positive image of whom and what Italians really are and what they have contributed and have done for this nation. This book will be developed to document and identify the Italian influence of immigrants in the fields of pioneers, publishers, writers, law, medicine, education, builders, government, architecture, painters, industry, science, music and military accomplishments. The book was published by Gateway Press Inc. Baltimore, Maryland in 1997.

Joseph affiliations are many in number and broad in spectrum, but here are just a few: Reserve Officer Association, National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, The Retired Officers Association, The Civil Affairs Association, American Ordnance Association, Buckeye Principals Association, Ohio, Ohio Retired Teachers, The Mahoning Valley Retired Association, The Wolves Club Den VI, Youngstown, Ohio.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Youngstown Alumni Association, President of the Youngstown University ROTC Alumni Association, Past President of the Mill Creek Park Citizens Committee Inc., Sons of Italy Lodge # 858 Youngstown, Ohio, Italian American Post #3 of Youngstown, Ohio, Disabled American Veterans, National Italian American Foundation, Washington, D.C., Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Holy Name Society, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Vestibule Club, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Ushers, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Advisory Council Member, Alpha Phi Delta Italian Fraternity and the Chairman of the Constitution Committee with the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Joseph was very active and his former Community activities are numerous and he served on the Sesquicentennial Committe 1953 in Youngstown, President Reserve Officers Association Mahoning County 1963-1964,1964-1965, Vice-President Army Department of Ohio ROA 1968, Chairman of the Colonel L.R. Boals Award Committee for various years, Founder and Advisor of Association Student Council Presidents for the Youngstown City Schools, United Veterans Delegate 1960 – 1970, Past member of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs and Education Committee, Co-chairman Youngstown Schools Levy Parade 1968, Past President Mill Creek Park Citizens Committee 1968, Chairman of Water Pollution Committee of Youngstown waters and Mill Creek Park waters 1969-1972, Chairman and member of Youngstown Wolves Den VI Scholarship Committee for various years, Past Jr. Vice Commander ITAMS Post #3, Chairman of Columbus Day Activities on Youngstown Public Square 1969, Past Historian Department Ohio Reserve Officers Association, Chairman of Evaluation of North Central Education Association Committee, Served in various capacities as member of Local, State and National Principals Association, Served on 348th Engineer Company welcoming home committee Youngstown, Ohio Public Square 1962, Presented ROTC Graduating Address YSU in 1970, Presented many resolutions and talks to community, civic, governmental leaders, news media, etc. on many civic educational, recreational and environmental problems, Served as principal speaker at many Memorial Day and Flag Day services, Co-chairman with Attorney Thomas Moore "The Veterans Radio Show" WBBW. Students of Youngstown schools spoke on patriotic topics and received many awards and recognition from the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation, Chairman of the United Veterans Americanism and Anti-Communism Committee, Served in varying capacities as member or Chairman in many organizations for parades, speakers, banquets, conventions etc., served on Board of Directors Youngstown Methodist Community Center 1971-1973, Chairman of United Veterans Council "50th Anniversary of Armistice Day" November 11, 1968 on Public Square, Youngstown, Ohio.

He also was Past Chairman, Founder and Custodian of the Fifty State and Four Territorial Flags, which are presently on permanent display at the Youngstown Reserve Base. The purpose of the Flag Display was to promote this Country of Ours by displaying at every opportunity the Flags of each State during parades, ceremonies, banquets etc. with the hope that this display will intensify in our hearts and that of our fellow man that love and respect for our great Nation of ours which every true American should feel. Also because of these flags Youngstown would be looked upon as one of those "Point with Pride" places. To date the Flag Display has been exhibited and used in two Presidential Inauguration Day Ceremonies in Washington D.C. The Flags also have been used as a background at a "Brunch" for Medal of Honor Recipients in which former President Richard M. Nixon attended in Washington D.C. To date the Flag Display has traveled over 100,000 miles in exhibits and parades throughout the United States. As a teacher at Youngstown East High School, Mr. Sacchini wrote a script, produced and directed on his own time two patriotic shows and presented during Lincoln's and Washington's birth dates in 1966 and 1967 entitled "Our Heritage is Our History" and "Our American Heritage". Both shows were aired on Radio, Television and presented live to public audiences. Mr. Sacchini, East High School, and Students were recognized by the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation for both shows. Mr. Sacchini as an Assistant Principal at South High School Youngstown, Ohio in 1969 co-wrote co-produced and co-directed a patriotic show entitled "This is My Country" which was also recognized by the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation. This Show was also played on Channel 27 Television WKBN. Joseph was awarded and honored for many of his great accomplishments and they are as follows: the Colonel L.R. Boals Award Mahoning Reserve Officers 1963, the Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge Schoolmen's Medal 1967, the Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge "George Washington Medal" 1968, the Youngstown City Council Resolution 1976, commending him as a dedicated educator and outstanding citizen for his contributions to the Youngstown Community, the United Veterans Council Award in recognition for outstanding service for work with the youth in the Youngstown Community 1967,1968,1969, was Recognized as Director of AAU Track and Field Meet Youngstown, Ohio, the United Veterans Council Parade Marshal, Memorial Day 1980, the Youngstown State University, School of Education Recognition Award 1984, the Adams Junior High School, Recognition for Educational Service, the Youngstown Education Association, Appreciation and Dedication Award, 1987, the1654th Civil Affairs Group RTU outstanding dedicated service and appreciation Award 1980, was elected to the National Italian American Foundation 1992, Who's Who of 1,300 Italian American's Directory, in recognition of outstanding professional achievements, leadership and exceptional service, on May 17, 1993 was conferred and titled ¬¬-Kentucky Colonel by Governor Brereton C. Jones of the State of Kentucky for his achievements, accomplishments, leadership and service to community, State and Country, The Youngstown Alumni Award for Service to the Alumni Association Youngstown State University 1993, the Columbus Day Committe of Greater Youngstown presented Mr. Sacchini "Man of the Year Award" in 1994, the Youngstown State University Alumni Association Presented Mr. Sacchini the Youngstown Involvement Award, 1993-1994, along with the Youngstown Wolves Club Den VI presented Mr. Sacchini a Plaque reference his Work as an Author on Italian Family Genealogy.

On October 16, 1996 Mr. Sacchini was initiated and accepted by the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. (Italian Fraternity), on May 10,1955 Plaque presented to First Lieutenant Sacchini by the Ohio Military District Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio for Promotion to First Lieutenant, 1st Lt. Joseph L. Sacchini 382nd Military Censorship Detachment was presented a plaque for distinguished work and performance of Duty 1955-1956, First Lieutenant Sacchini, Company H 331st Infantry 83d Infantry Division presented a plaque for outstanding performance and service 1957-1958, on July 1962 Civil Affairs School Fort Gordon, Georgia presented Captain Joseph L. Sacchini Plaque for contributing over 80 books to the Marquat Memorial Library, Captain Sacchini given a plaque from Major General Lolli 1963, Major Sacchini received a plaque From the US Army Theater Civil Affairs School Ft. Gordon, Georgia for distinguished performance of duty. Lieutenant Colonel Sacchini in 1972-1973 received from the US Army Institute for Military Assistance for Special Forces Operations, Internal Development, Psychological Operations, and Civil Affairs Operation graduation courses which gave an overall knowledge of the entire spectrum of Military Assistance, Lieutenant Colonel Sacchini in 1977 received a Meritorious and Distinguished Service Plague from ODCSOPS Civil Affairs Division, The 13th Greater Annual Youngstown Italian Fest of 1998 on July 16 presented to Joseph L. Sacchini "The 1998 Italian Man of the Year Award", was Presented History of the Flags of the United States and its Territories including the Dedication to LTC Roy T. Jenkins Professor of Military Science - 9 November 1998 to be kept at the YSU ROTC Office (Room 1112) in Stambaugh Stadium, Mr. Joseph L. Sacchini (Class of 1953) became the first recipient of the President’s Award for Service to the YSU Alumni Association. The purpose of the Alumni Awards Program is to celebrate the achievements of the YSU Alumni, and was awarded the LTC J. L. Sacchini by the sports hall of fame – 2006 Mahoning Valley Italian American Sports Hall of Fame by Bernie Kosar, Sr.

He leaves behind to hold on to his precious memories his wife of over 63 years the former Mary Jane Gualtieri whom he married on June 19, 1948 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a son Joseph John (Lisa) Sacchini Ph.D., of Aldie, Virginia, two grandsons Joseph Robert and Jimmie Tyler Sacchini both of Aldie, Virginia, a sister Sylvia (Frank) Gustinella of Boardman, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a Infant brother, a Infant sister and a special uncle Salvatore Campana.

Friends may call on Friday, December 16, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, with full military honors provided by the great men of the Trumbull County American Legion.

In lieu of flowers material contributions can be made to the Youngstown State University Scholarship Foundation to either the Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Louis Sacchini ROTC Scholarship or to Umberto & Anna Sacchini and Uncle Salvatore Campana Scholarship, One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555. On behalf of Joseph’s family they would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers that showed so much care and compassion to Joseph during his illness and a very special thank you to his caregiver Janet Barnett.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolence’s to Joseph’s family.

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