Peter Carlo served bravely in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. A machine gunner with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Infantry Regiment, Second Infantry Division, he fought in five major battles during his service. Mr. Carlo was also in the front line during the signing of the truce to end the Korean War.
Mr. Carlo was severely wounded in his legs and back while serving on the front line in Inchon, Korea. He has 97 pieces of shrapnel in his body that were too deeply embedded to remove. Following treatment in an Army hospital, Mr. Carlo returned to the front line rather than being sent home.
Mr. Carlo left the Army as a Corporal. Due to his dedication and courage, he received numerous medals and commendations for his service, including the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
Following the War, Mr. Carlo returned to the Jamestown area to work in his family’s fruit market, which he inherited and grew from one store to six. He and his wife, Mary Ann, raised three children, a boy and two girls.
A patriot to the core, Mr. Carlo has made it his mission to donate American flags to schools, fire departments, nonprofits and community organizations around the Jamestown area in support of America and its veterans who served the United States in its times of need. All the flags he donates have been flown over the U.S. Capitol; he has presented more than 300 flags.
Mr. Carlo has always volunteered to support others and his larger community. He is the past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of AMVETS, and served as Chair of the Handicapped Boy Scouts of New York State for five years.