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Joseph Ruggiero, BM1., U.S. Coast Guard
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Coast Guardsman Reflects on Heroism in Gulf
WASHINGTON - Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Ruggiero’s heroic actions more than five years ago saved lives and earned him the first Purple Heart awarded to a Coast Guardsman since the Vietnam War.
BM1 Joseph Ruggiero U.S. Coast Guard

Ruggiero entered the service May 1, 2000, not knowing what the future would hold for him. His father, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, also served in the federal government for nearly four decades before retiring. < More


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