Remembering an Army Veteran: Retired Colonel Samuel Fuoco
Retired Colonel Samuel Fuoco of Eatontown, NJ, passed away April 3 due to complications fighting the COVID-19 virus. Sam was a decorated veteran who spent more than 37 committed years in the Army and the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of full Colonel.
COL Fuoco began his military career as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He served a year-long combat tour as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star, along with numerous other medals and recognitions throughout his military career, ultimately retiring in 2011. After a distinguished career in the United States Army, COL Fuoco never stopped serving the Army through his volunteer efforts supporting our active duty military, veterans and their families. COL Fuoco, United States Army, retired, was the president of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Monmouth Chapter. Under COL Fuoco’s leadership, the Monmouth Chapter has been selected as the best chapter among hundreds across the country for the last three years, a first in the over 35-year history of the organization. COL Fuoco was also an extremely active member of the AOC Garden State Chapter, giving unyielding support to all of its soldier and veteran events, especially the annual Membership Appreciation and ROTC Scholarship Awards Dinner, as well as the annual Gingerbread Ball to benefit Fisher House.
COL Fuoco’s selfless service is an inspiration to all and a beacon of light, especially during this pandemic which took his life.