On 6 July 1912 Carmen Iozzio was born to Italian immigrant parents living in Paterson New Jersey. He grew up in the Italian section of Paterson, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 30 November 1940 and served with Coastal Artillery units in New Jersey, Virginia, Illinois, and Massachusetts. In December 1942, Carmen returned home to Paterson on leave and married Lillian Brown at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

On 4 October 1943 Carmen set sail on a troopship as part of Convoy UGS-20 across the Atlantic to Oran Algeria. On Thanksgiving, November 25, he continued his journey to the China Burma India Theater sailing in Convoy KMF.26 across the Mediterranean Sea. The convoy was attacked repeatedly by German aircraft and suffered heavy casualties. He eventually arrived in Karachi India four days before Christmas 1943 where he served with the Headquarters Company of Replacement Depot #1 located in North Malir.

Pictures of PFC Carmen Iozzio in India

In August 1944, Carmen was attached to the 185th Quartermaster Company (Depot Supply) in Karachi and immediately transferred to its detachment at the Replacement Depot #4 in Lake Beale, which was a main trans-India railway connection 125 miles north of Bombay. Like previous assignments, he was a truck driver and mechanic. The Depot was closed in March 1945 and Carmen was transferred to Calcutta where he eventually joined the 185th's main body after working as a pump operator with a Storage Section located in warehouses outside the town. On 16 October 1945, PFC Iozzio sailed on the USS General Harry Taylor back to New York, reversing the route he took to India two years prior. He arrived in New York and was discharged from the Army at Fort Dix New Jersey on 10 November 1945. Carmen and Lillian lived out their lives in New Jersey, Florida, and Texas until he passed away on 20 June 1998. His and Lillian's remains are interred at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth Florida.

The Herald-News - 23 Mar 1945 story on a letter Carmen wrote to his former coworkers.