C Company 1969 – 1970
BART DI GIOVANNI was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He is the son of Frank Di Giovanni, a World War II veteran who served with the Army Air Corps as a B-24 waist gunner (389th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force). After graduating from the City College of New York with a BA degree in 1968, he entered the Army with an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant.
He saw combat with the division in Vietnam (1969-1970) serving as a platoon leader with “Charlie” Company, and as commander of the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry (“No Slack”). Upon return from Vietnam he served at stateside assignments but left the active Army in 1973 to pursue other interests. He continued to serve as an officer in the National Guard and the Army Reserve.
He returned to active duty in 1982, served in various assignments of increased responsibility, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1997. His last assignment was as Chief of Mobilization at First US Army, Atlanta, GA. His awards include: two Bronze Star Medals (one with “V”), three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Forces Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
After retiring from the Army, he was employed by the US Department of Agriculture serving as a field agent in the Packers & Stockyards Program. He retired from USDA in 2014.
He married Cyrila in 1971. They have a son, Adam, who is an Army officer and served (2008-2009) with the division (2/506) in Afghanistan. They also have a daughter, Elisa, who is married to an Army officer. They have six grandchildren.