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Joseph James Ricci

Inducted 2019


A decorated war hero, Mr. Ricci proudly served his country during World War II.  During his time serving with the 82nd Airborne 505, Joseph earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his bravery and participation at the invasions of Sicily and Normandy.  Upon leaving the military, he returned to Bethalto, Illinois, and served as a city councilman, trustee at Bethalto National Band and the Village of Bethalto.  He was a lifetime Rotary Club member and the owner and operator of Ricci Rexall Drug Store.  Mr. Ricci, who graduated in 1937, was a three-sport athlete while at Gillespie High School.