Raymond De Luca

Medic Raymond De Luca Slain In Battle While Aiding Fallen Comrade

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Army Spec. 4 Raymond P. De Luca, a combat medic, of 30 Meacham Street, died June 27, 1968, as a result of wounds received while giving aid to a wounded comrade in a firefight in Long An, South Vietnam.

A lifelong resident of Belleville, De Luca attended Essex Catholic High School, Newark, where he graduated as an honor student in 1966. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and served as editor-in-chief of the school's yearbook Talon. He also was a member of Boy Scout Troup 152, Nutley.

Raymond Deluca, of Belleville, N.J., killed in action in Vietnam.Spec. 4 De Luca had begun college as pre-med at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., but decided to enlist and serve as an Army medic with his pre-med background and join his brother Gerard who was serving aboard the USS Barney off the coast of Vietnam.

After training as an engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and pushing his qualifications he was then trained as a medic at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. Deluca volunteered to go to Vietnam and was attached to Company C, Ninth Medical Battalion, 9th Infantry.

DeLuca served in-country for nearly six months before being mortally wounded while aiding a fallen comrade. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Raymond DeLuca was survived by his parents, Charles and Sophia Musko De Luca; and his brother, Gerard.

A Solemn High Requiem Mass was offered in Holy Family Church, Nutley. Interment at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, on July, 10, 1968.

DeLuca Road, Belleville, N.J. honors Raymond DeLuca, KIA VietnamIn 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, From WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA, (also - Belleville, N.J.)

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


Belleville renames streets for military heroes

Card - Buccino family

Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J.

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

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Photos courtesy Melinda Callis DeLuca, Jean Lupo

Remembrance - George Sbarra

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

Together We Served

Raymond De Luca is a distant cousin of Anthony Buccino

Belleville Street Naming In Honor of Soldiers & Sailors Killed In Service

JULY 8, 2017

Edward J. Zuczek
Gless Ave. at Meacham St.
Killed in Peacetime

Raymond DeLuca
Meacham St. at Memphis Ave.
KIA Vietnam


Belleville Sons Honor Roll

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

Belleville, New Jersey


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