Like so many Stamford veterans who have served so bravely over the decades, Marco Pensiero has been making the rounds of local schools, being honored and honoring his fellow vets this Veterans Day.
"Our VFW Post 9617 coordinates all these events and activities that mean so much to all of us, no matter where we served or what branch of the service we were in," he said.
It was 58 years ago when the Stamford native was called to join the Army and fight in Korea. "I had actually been notified two years earlier, but it took some time for them to get to me," recalls the Belltown resident.
Pensiero's call to duty cut short a budding semi-pro baseball career. "I played for the St. Martin's Club with Andy Robustelli. We actually had a chance to try out for the Phillies when I got drafted."
Pensiero served as a Pfc. in the 7th Infantry Division for the last two years of the war and saw some of the most difficult fighting in the conflict. "The battle of Pork Chop Hill broke out just before I was to come home. It was hard over there."
In addition many medals and commendations, Pensiero has a large collection of photographs taken while he served in Korea. "The Army gave us all these little Kodak box cameras and we all took pictures of everything and everyone." Pensiero's photo gallery is a fascinating first-hand look at the war in Korea.
All Stamford salutes Pfc. Marco Pensiero and all other veterans on this special day.
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