Lance Vaccaro

Lance with his parents at BUD/S Graduation.

Lance  Michael Vaccaro

Lance was born and raised in Reading, PA and graduated from Oley Valley High School in 1990.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 29, 1991. He graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL., in August and began his first tour of duty aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Norfolk, Va. In April, 1994, he transferred to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in Yokosuka, Japan, before entering Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., in July 1996.

Following graduation from BUD/S Class 210, Vaccaro attended advanced training courses and reported to an East Coast-based SEAL Team in June 1997. He continued to serve in various East Coast-based SEAL Teams the remainder of his career.

His military awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Joint Service Commendation Medals including one with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Expert Medal, Pistol Expert Medal.

Lance gave his life for his country on March 6th, 2008.

Additional information is available on the Reading Eagle website.