Joe Rosato is a tour guide at the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. He has volunteered at the memorial since 2006 and served for 5 years as a liaison to the Board of Directors. Joe volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Navy from his hometown of Brooklyn, NY on Dec. 7, 1966 by a former High School teacher. His basic training was at The U.S. Submarine Training Center in New London, CT. Joe Rosato first served in the submarine service. His second duty station was on a US Navy Destroyer (USS Bristol DD-857) until the end of 1967. Joe’s final duty station brought him to serve in the Vietnam War at Yankee Station (Gulf of Tonkin) in 1968 as a Helmsman and Lee Helmsman aboard the aircraft carrier USS America CVA-66.
Joe Rosato retired in 2006 as an owner of a freight Logistics Company based in Shrewsbury, NJ and worked in the freight transportation industry for over 43 years. He has spoken at many trade group events around the country and is considered by his colleagues as a freight logistics expert.
He lives in Farmingdale, NJ and has a son and daughter-in-law with two grandchildren who live Jackson NJ. His daughter and son-in law with a granddaughter live in Silverton, CO.
In 2016 Joe wrote his first book “Voices Over Troubled Water” a memoir. In 2018 he wrote his second book “Dog Tags & Wedding Bands” a historical fiction story of the forgotten civilians who were killed or went missing during the Vietnam War.
Joe also has volunteered in The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Manasquan Inlet, NJ from 2006 to 2012. He also is a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America and holds memberships in The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He considers volunteering at the NJVVMF a passion for giving back some history to the youth of New Jersey.