Joseph Eugene Sintoni

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
12 November 1945 - 27 March 1968
Sagamore, Massachusetts
Panel 46E Line 050


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph Eugene Sintoni

20 Jul 2001

Hello. You don't know me.
I wasn't even alive when you died.
I know who you are through school.
My class did a unit on the war and learned about you.

I guess I just felt like I needed to write something to you. I guess I just feel kind of connected to you from my classwork. It's so sad how you never got the chance to marry your love, Angela.

I don't really have anything else to say, except I feel sorry about how you had to leave this world and I hope that you are doing okay in the next. Good-Bye.

An unknown student

05 Oct 2003

Hello Joseph, this is the same student that wrote the last memorial on this site. Because of that memorial, I had the privilege to be contacted by Angela. It was such an honor to be able to talk to her and hear her stories about you. They reminded me a little of the stories that my family tells me about their childhoods. They were so touching. The love that the two of you obviously shared is a rare thing that not many are able to experience. If Angela wishes to contact me again, I would love to hear from her.

I want to thank you and all the other soldiers who died in this war, for a cause that didn't even directly involve this country. None of you had to die, yet you did anyway in bravery and with pride. Knowing this makes part of me wish that you hadn't, because it was such an awful way to pass on to the next life, and the fact that now there's not much more to remember any of you by except for a few pages in a book and names engraved on a Wall. However, the stories are timeless and have, believe it or not, changed how I see the world and many things in life. That is why I thank you.


07 Jan 2004

Hi Joseph. This is Mirko, you don't know me. I guess I would have known you if you hadn't gone to Vietnam; I am Italian, but we are relatives since your grandfather was from Italy. Last year I visited my wonderful family in New York, and I knew about you. It was so ugly to know a great person like you lost his life so soon. But I want you to know that you're still the pride of your family and a model for many people. History books tell us how to live. You gave us a living example of how valours are important. It is following them that a man can reach happiness and grace in God. I hope you can listen me from the other world, you'll be happy for this. Thank you, our hero.

From your relatives,
Mirko and the Sintoni Italian family.

Mirko Montuori
E-mail address is not available.

13 Mar 2004

Joey - I went all through school with you.
I remember you well.
I thank you and all the others like you.
Thank you.

From a friend,
Diane Huff Flynn

19 Mar 2004

Hello Joseph
You don't know me, and I barely know you. I have been deeply touched by your story which I happened to stumble across in a book written to honor you and the many who died for their country. In it, there was a beautiful letter written to you from Angela. Reading about how much love there was between you two moved me.

My name is Liz. In school we are putting together a short piece about the Memorial. I am only a freshman in college who has been intrigued by your story. Like many of the other stories that I read about, yours moved me to research and understand more about the war and the people who served. Thank you for helping me to better recognize the feelings and thoughts of a soldier, and most of all thank you for standing up and fighting for what you believed in. God Bless you always.

"The greatest love is shown when people
lay down their lives for their friends."
-- John 15:13 --

Liz Yafanaro

28 May 2004

I was watching a movie on the Vietnam war yesterday, when Joey's last letter home to Angela was read.

It brought me to tears.

I could not believe or explain the feelings of pride and immense tragic sorrow it made me feel. I wish that I knew more about the life of such an American patriot (although somehow even that doesn't seem quite a fitting enough word). I have always been a proud American, but until I heard the words of love and bravery Mr. Sintoni wrote, I have NEVER known the capacity that pride can truly reach. Joey's letter is now framed and hanging in my home as a daily reminder to me of the sacrifices those brave, heroic men before us made and of the gratitude I will forever hold in my heart that God has graced us with men such as Joey Sintoni.

From a grateful American.

06 Jul 2006

Dear Joseph Sintoni,

I read about you in that wonderful but heart-wrenching book "Shrapnel In The Heart." Your letter to your then fiance' Angela was the most poignant and inspirational I have ever read. I have read it often as it gives a unique perspective on the ideals and feelings of what most of the soldiers who served in Vietnam must have been feeling at that time. You did not have to go but you did knowing that it could cost you your life which unfortunately it did. The true measure of a man is doing what he believes is right regardless of the circumstances and outcome. Thank you always Joseph Sintoni for your honesty, integrity, selfless courage and love for your fellow soldiers and country. America will always be a better place because of people like you.

From a grateful fellow VET and American,
Alan Nystrom

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