Raymond De Luca

Raymond De Luca

Slain In Vietnam

Lifelong Town Resident, Honor Student and Scout

(July 11, 1968) -- Army Spec. 4 Raymond P. De Luca, of 30 Meacham Street,  died June 27 as a result of wounds in a firefight in Vietnam. The date and location of the action were not disclosed.

A lifelong resident of Belleville, De Luca attended Essex Catholic High School, Newark, where he graduated as an honor student in 1966.

Raymond Deluca, of Belleville, N.J., killed in action in Vietnam.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and served as editor-in-chief of the school's year book Talon. He also was a member of Boy Scout Troup 152, Nutley.

  Spec. 4 De Luca had begun college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., but decided to enlist and serve with his brother Gerard who was aboard the USS Barney off the coast of Vietnam.

  After training as an engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and as a medic at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, he was attached to Company C, Ninth Medical Battalion, 9th Infantry.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sophia Musko De Luca; and his brother, Gerard C.

A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. today in Holy Family Church, Nutley. Interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions for a special scholarship fund in honor of their son.

DeLuca Road in Belleville honors Raymond DeLuca.

Belleville renames streets for military heroes

Belleville, N.J. -- In mid-2006, seven street names in the new residential development at City Homes At Essex Park were renamed to honor veterans and four of the Belleville heroes who died while in service.  Streets were named for Raymond De Luca, Carmine Olivo, Clatie Cunningham Jr. and William Hamilton.


SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular
9th Infantry Division
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Feb 12, 1948
(also - Belleville, N.J.)

Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Dec 11, 1967
Casualty was on June 27, 1968
Hostile, died of wounds
Body was recovered

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Raymond DeLuca of Belleville NJ, KIA Vietnam;   2013 by Anthony Buccino

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall 

Raymond DeLuca of Belleville NJ, KIA Vietnam;   2013 by Anthony Buccino
Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J.

Raymond DeLuca, KIA, Vietnam. NJ Vietnam Memorial,  2004 by Anthony Buccino

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Holmdel, N.J.


New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial


The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

Photos courtesy Melinda Callis DeLuca, Jean Lupo

Card - Buccino family

Remembrance - George Sbarra

Homecoming II Project, March 15, 1991; P.O.W. Network 1998

Together We Served

Raymond De Luca is a distant cousin of Anthony Buccino

Vietnam War

Lt. Col. Alfred Barnes

Captain William Branch

Corp. Frank Cancelliere

   Roger Crowell

Helder DaSilva

Raymond DeLuca

Lance Cpl. Jerry Richard Donatiello

John Hoar

Carl  Mickens

Corp. Paul Nelson

Donald Saunders


Belleville Sons Honor Roll

  A Place of Honor and Remembrance In the Home of the Brave

Belleville, New Jersey


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