City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Anthony DiGiacomo

U.S.Marine Corps

Born and raised on Stamford’s West Side, Anthony DiGiacomo attended Stevens Elementary

School, the original Cloonan Junior High school and Stamford High School.

 

In May 1963, at the age of 17, Anthony joined the Marine Corps, and he served overseas

in Vietnam from 1964 through 1966, where he was a machine gunner and later became

a squad leader. While in Vietnam, he served in the areas of Chu Lai, Danang and Quang Tri

near the Demilitarized Zone and was engaged in Operations Starlite, Harvest Moon and

Hastings as well as the Battle of Chu Lai. Anthony is a decorated combat veteran, having

received six citations and one with three bronze stars. At the end of his service, Anthony was a rifle and pistol instructor at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. When he was discharged from the Corps in 1967, Anthony had reached the rank of Sargent E-5.

 

On his return to Stamford, Anthony was given the opportunity by Al Sanseverino to learn the electrical trade at Camsan Electric, and over the years, because of his good fortune, he in turn has had the opportunity to train many other young men, enabling them to have a career as well. In 1968, Anthony married his wife, Diane, and they raised their two children, Anthony Jr. and Lisa, in Stamford. Diane and Anthony are the proud grandparents of Grace, Ava and Alexander.

 

In 2013, Anthony was honored by the Knights of Columbus for being a decorated combat veteran, and has been involved with UNICO National, the largest American Italian service organization in the States, and the Gravinese Mutual Aid Society, a community service organization founded to assist Italian immigrants in Stamford

2015