Veterans History Project: An Interview with Christopher DiMaio

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Interview conducted by Jeanne Czarnecki and produced by David Addison. Recorded at the Aptos Branch, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, August 14, 2017.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island in May 1940, Christopher DiMaio attended the University of Rhode Island as a pre-med student, and graduated from Georgetown Medical School. After finishing his internship in Long Island, and New York, he decided to join the Navy, as the need for physician rose dramatically in the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. He served 13 months in Vietnam. For 6 months, he followed and served a battalion later known as the "Walking Dead," one of the units that suffered the highest causalities in the history of Marine Corps. DiMaio's job is to serve American lives in the field -- stopping blood flow, wrapping bandages and inserting chest tubes -- all under enemy fire (Santa Cruz sentinel, June 29, 2015). DiMaio has received many service awards and medals, such as Veteran of the Year in 2015, National Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Action Ribbon, Service Medal with FMF Combat Insignia, 3 Bronze Stars, Vietnam UN Campaign Medal, and Navy Commendation in Field Combat. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Creator: DiMaio, Christopher; Addison, David; Czarnecki, Jeanne
Date: 8/14/2017
  • Santa Cruz (County)
  • 2010s
  • 1970s
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Identifier: VH-DIMAIO


DiMaio, Christopher, David Addison, and Jeanne Czarnecki. “Veterans History Project: An Interview with Christopher DiMaio.” 8/14/2017. SCPL Local History. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.