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Joseph J. Di Giovanni

  Joseph J. Di Giovanni (Retired)
  Veterans Benefit Liason - American Legion Headquarters
  (517) 371-4720 ext. 15

  • Retired from the Army on 31 May 1996 as Command Sergeant Major (E9)
  • 27 years of active service, 28 years of total service
  • Military education in USN Corpsman and Adv Corpsman, X-Ray Specialist, SNCOC, BTMS, Human Resource Mgmt, Sergeant Major Academy
  • Awards include: Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal


I spent five years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman along with an eight month tour in Viet Nam working as a Hospital Corpsman for the 1st and 3rd Marine Division, 26th Marines. My unit of assignment was B Co, 2nd Medical Bn, Fleet Marine Force. I later joined the Army National Guard in September 1975 as a Medic and went to X-ray School on 15 September 1976 and graduated in February 1977.

In March, 1977 I was assigned as the first recruiter in Camp Grayling and transferred to the 207th CSH in August 1977. In September 1980, I worked as the AMED recruiter, recruiting doctors, nurses and other professional medical people. In September 1981, I became the Area I NCOIC for Recruiting and Retention, with 13 recruiters and one administrative specialist in my area. The Battalions I was dedicated to recruit for were the 207th Evacuation Hospital, 1/225 Infantry, 210th Military Police, 177th Military Police Brigade, 182nd Field Artillery and the 461st General Supply Co. I became the State Command Sergeant Major on 26 January 1986, Retired 31 May 1996.