Jason Amico of Adams Avenue, Dunmore, has published a book entitled “Lackawanna County’s Fallen 56: The Stories of the 56 Military Personnel Killed or Missing During the Vietnam War.”
His book studies the lives, military careers, and deaths of the 56 servicemen from Lackawanna County who fell in Vietnam, five of whom were from Dunmore.
The Dunmore fallen heroes include Anthony Battista, Carol Ann Drazba, Tommy Malloy, Karl Rynearson, and Thomas Wharton.
One of the stories involves Malloy, a tall, fun-loving jokester. After a brief stint in college failed, Tommy did some soul searching and eventually turned to the military. Soon after his enlistment, he was sent to Vietnam where he was killed while trying to assist a wounded comrade during an attach.
“I became interested in this topic while walking in Dunmore Cemetery and I stumbled upon the grave of Sgt. John Henry Wilson of Scranton. This led to a search for all from the county that fell overseas,” explains Mr. Amico.. “I was never in the military, although family members were., and I decided to write this book to keep the stories of these 56 heroes alive.”
Amico received a bachelor degree at Penn State University and a masters degree in history at the University of Scranton. Currently, he works for Scranton School District. In the past, he has worked for the National Park Service, Pennsylvania State Archives, and the National Archives.
In his free time, Amico likes to read, spend time with his dog, and workout.
Books are available only through Amico at 570-877-7847 or JAmico33@yahoo.com.