Honours, Awards and Recognition Received
JOHN K. DELL’ISOLA: A JOY OF REUNION AND REMEMBRANCE
I wanted to thank you for a few things. One is for your brave service in Nam, secondly for posting my tribute to my childhood friend Paul Paramatto who was KIA in Vietnam in 1968.
Out of the blue I received the following e-mails as a result of my tribute to Paul. This also resulted in my connecting with Paul’s younger sister Florence (her e-mail follows) who I had lost touch with for 18 years.
They received much comfort from the fact that someone remembered. This is a great thing for all vets who have given so much. Thank you Anthony.
13 June 2001
Hello my name is also John and my uncle was Paul Paramatto who was killed in Vietnam. I think about him a lot and decided to see if I could find anything about him on line. When I read your poem about him I was stunned, my mother who knows you from Brooklyn, Florence Paramatto has tried thousands of times to find out anything about him cried when I read it to her. She said she remembers you very well and could not believe what she was hearing.
I just wanted to thank personally for remembering him. My uncle was a war hero and died trying to save his friends from enemy fire but got killed in doing so. His was on chopper coming home when he saw his friends running out of the wood’s after the chopper, so he jumped of and ran to them, got them both on the chopper and then he was shot in the back multiple times and was killed in action. That’s what my mom told me and I am pretty sure that is the way the story goes but if you would ever like to contact her, her screen name is firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 June 2001
I cannot believe that it’s really you. When my son called me last night and asked me if I knew somebody by the name of John Dell the only one I could think of was you. He told me what you have been doing and I was in total shock. I went online and printed everything you had wrote. I am still in shock that this is really you. The last time I saw you was when my father had passed away in 1983. I am sitting here at my desk with tears rolling down my eyes, first because when I opened my mail and found that it was really you and second because of remembering my brother who I will never forget. He is always on my mind.
Well now that we have found each other, I will never lose touch.
Please feel free to call me anytime; here is my address and phone numbers:
12 June 2001
If nothing else is ever achieved by IWVPA, your email has justified everything – absolutely. This is beyond any dream, let alone expectation, and I am truly happy.
With your permission and, if you feel it advisable, with the permission of John Caruso and Florence Carey, I would be honoured to place the contents of your email under the Index of “Honors, Awards and Recognition” section of the IWVPA site.
Your feedback has truly touched me in a wonderful way, and I am sure that others will experience the same joy. Thank you for your words and, more particularly, for taking the time to let me know of this wonderful outcome.
I look forward to your response and remain yours faithfully,
Anthony W. Pahl
13 June 2001
I am pleased to tell you that Florence Carey thought that your idea of posting our little story was wonderful and I do truly hope it gives a measure of comfort to others. It is also very gratifying to me to know you have been so touched by this. I know that it has touched me very deeply.
Here is Florence’s home e-mail address: email@example.com. If you would like to include it in the posting I would suggest also if there is anyone out there who has served with Paul to please get in touch with his sister or with me. I will forward his unit information soon.