February 2, 1917 - October 8, 2018
New Windsor, NY
Vincent T. Circhio, 101, a retired Col. of the U.S. Air Force and active resident of New Windsor for 35 years, entered into rest on Monday, October 8, 2018 at home. Son of the late Angelo M. and Serafina Buglari Circhio, he was born on February 2, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY.
Vinny graduated from P.S. 73 and Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, where he was awarded a Scholarship in Biology. He was an all-scholastic high school soccer goalie and captained the varsity basketball and baseball teams in college. He received a scholarship and diploma from the Savage School for Teacher's Training in Physical Education. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Columbia University with a Master of Arts Degree in Health Education. He completed all academic studies cut short of his thesis, Therapeutic Dancing, for his Doctorate of Education from New York University, upon entering military service pre-Pearl Harbor.
Vinny declined a direct commission in the Gene Tunney U.S. Navy Physical Fitness Program and entered the military U.S. Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) prior to Pearl Harbor. He was accepted to officer's candidate school Air Force, and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. and sent to the Air Force Aerial Gunnery School in Spokane, WA. He graduated as a Central Firing Control Officer on the B29 Flying Fortress. Other assignments included Sr. Gunnery Instructor for crew members of the 8th Air Force; appointed Physical Fitness Officer for 2nd Air Force, 16th Wing Headquarters; selected to the staff of Dr. Howard A. Rusk, General, USAF Director Rehabilitation Medice, Reconditioning and Convalescent Training. Vincent was appointed as Chief, Reconditioning at Ft. Dix and Halloran General Hospital.
As a reservist, he was on orders for ready reserve mobilization assignment with the 635th USAF Hospital as Director of Professional Services, and was active during the Cold War. His last reserve assignment was with the U.S. Military Academy Army Dispensary at Stewart Air Base and the Hospital at the USMA at West Point. A number of World War II citations and Reserve decorations were proudly worn on his uniform.
As a civilian he was a High School and Adult Education teacher in Brooklyn. He was employed by the Veteran's Administration, Dept. of Medicine & Surgery as Coordinator of the Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Brooklyn VA and VA Medical Facility, Montrose, NY. He received a number of superior awards and a special commendation for outstanding accomplishment by the Veteran's Administration Audit Inspection Team. He contributed Chapter XIX "The Role of Medical Rehabilitation Coordinator in Psychiatric Hospitals" used as a doctor's text book, "Rehabilitation Medicine and Psychiatry", published by Charles C. Thomas and edited by Dr. Jacob Meislin, consultant for Phy. Med. Rehabilitation in the Veteran's Administration, Washington, DC and Professor Albert Einstein Medical Center, New York, NY.
Following his retirement from the VA, he was appointed to the Faculty & Staff as an instructor and coordinator of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.
He was currently a member of the West Point Military Retiree Council since 1993 and currently a member of the West Point Club and an official member of the West Point Club Advisory Council, and a member of the Keller Army Community Hospital Advisory Committee at the USMA West Point.
Professional affiliations included the Air Force Association; Military Officer's Associations of America; Board certified member of the Association of Medical Rehabilitation Directors & Coordinators; Past President of the association and Chairman of the Certification Committee; proud member of the New Windsor Catholic War Veterans and American Legion, New Windsor Post 1796; Charter member of the National World War II Museum and Air Force Memorial; former member of the Dance Educators of America, and Phi Epsilon Kappa.
Survivors include his daughter, Marjorie Angela Circhio Laterza and son-in-law, Paul; grandsons, Rob and Patrick and their wives, Angela and Vanessa; great-grandchildren, Robby, Ava and Emilia. A special thank you to Karen Pesick, McGrath Law and their respective staffs, as well as Gail, Nancy, Mrs. D at West Point, Rachel and Ricky Magnanini, Santino and Rita at Case Milanese, Primo Antonucci, Nancy Tieken (Amendola), Jimmy, Andrew and Anna; and never to be forgotten, my caregivers, Maria, Ana, Esther, Fe, Cora, Maritza and Karolyn, as well as Joseph, John and Tracy at New Windsor Pharmacy, George and Polly at ABC Restaurant, New Windsor, and longtime friend Michael Lutz. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Mrs. Lydia C. Martorana and Mrs. Josephine C. Ryan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh, with burial with military honors following in Mt. St. Francis Cemetery, New Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 145 Benkard Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550 in honor of Fr. John Vondras, former Pastor; or West Point Military Retirement Council, USMA, West Point, NY.
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