Corporal Eugene “Gene” Iaconetti is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II as a Combat Engineer in the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion.
Born in New York City, Eugene enlisted in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theater from January 1944 to November 1945.
He was present during the Battle of Iwo Jima as well as the Battle of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, the Battle of Saipan, and the Battle of Tinian.
He witnessed the flag being raised on Mt. Suribatchi at the Battle of Iwo Jima, and served in the same unit as Sgt. John Basiloni, the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient known for his heroism in Iwo Jima and Henderson Field.
Eugene is the recipient of a Bronze Star, Combat Action Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
Since his return home, he worked for the US Postal Service for 34-years and has since retired. Eugene has 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
On November 25th, Eugene will be celebrating his 100th birthday!
We honor his service to our nation.
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The Division of Veterans Services was established in 1977 to provide resident veterans and their dependents with information and assistance in obtaining earned entitlements from federal, state, and local governments, as well as any that are available from the private sector.
Through a quarterly newsletter and direct client contact, the division provides Bergen’s veterans organizations and their auxiliaries and individual residents with up-to-date benefit information.