Seaman First Class Vito F. (Bim) Greco (S1c) son of Mr. and Mrs. Saverio Greco, was born and raised in Amsterdam NY and was one of four brothers serving in the Armed Forces during World War II.
He Enlisted in the U.S Navy on May 11, 1942 and received his basic training in Newport, Rhode Island. He served aboard the U.S.S Tappahannock in the Southwest Pacific Theater.
The U.S.S Tappahannock, a Mattaponi Class Oiler, was designated AO-43 on March 31, 1942. The ship was launched on April 18, 1942. The ship's capacity was 133,000 barrels (18,000 tons). Some of the locations served by the U.S.S Tappahannock were the Philippines, Formosa, Okinawa, Pago Pago, Fiji, and Guadalcanal.
On April 7, 1943 the U.S.S Tappahannock was bombed and machine gunned by Japanese Navy Aircraft off Guadalcanal. Luckily, there were no casualties to any U.S personnel on board. Mr. Greco received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy on November 18, 1945.