HUDSON — The Columbia County Veterans committee will be honoring Radioman 2nd Class, James Vincent DeCaprio of Hudson, at 9 a.m. July 22 at 401 State St., Hudson, in the Supervisors Chambers. The public is invited.
James Vincent DeCaprio was born in Hudson on Dec. 15, 1923 to Anthony and Philomena (Esposito) DeCaprio. Raised in Hudson, he attended the local elementary and high school; receiving his high school diploma.
James entered the United States Navy on Nov. 15, 1943 in Hudson. He received basic naval training and radioman training at the Navy Training Station at Sampson. He was then sent to Amphibious Training Base in Solomons, Md. For the next two years Radioman Second Class James DeCaprio was assigned to the USS LST 267, USS LST 53 and USS LST 133 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. An LST or Landing Craft Tank is designed to support amphibious operation by directly carrying tanks, vehicles, cargo and troops from ship onto the shore. RM2C James DeCaprio participated in the landing of Northern France (Normandy), Southern France and the Philippines (Luzon). RM2C James V. DeCaprio fought in both the European and Pacific theater of operations and was involved is several major operations. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 9, 1946 at Lido Beach.
For his service he was awarded the following medals: Asiatic Pacific Medal w/star, Philippine Liberation Medal, European Theater Medal w/2 stars, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
James returned home and on Jan. 19, 1958 married Louise Luponio in Alife, Italy. They raised four children, Anna, Joann, James Jr. and Lisa. He worked as a produce manager at the Grand Union in Hudson and retired on disability. He was an active member of the Italian American War Veterans and Phoenix Hose Fire Co. 5.
James passed away on July 17, 1983 and is buried in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. He left behind his wife Louise, four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was 59 years old.