Emil Notarangelo

The six sons and daughters of the Notarangelo clan of Clinton Twp., MI honored their father in a special way this past Memorial Day. That honor was wrapped up in a small clay brick. More on that later…

Their dad, Emil Notarangelo, is a Viet Nam era veteran who proudly served with the U.S. Army’s 34th Engineering Company from 1968-1970. His remarkable map-making skills worked well in an Army command tasked with clearing land, building roads, and constructing support facilities in Viet Nam.

Emil’s service had an unexpected benefit. An Army buddy and another native Detroiter, Joe Rodriguez, would later introduce Emil to a sister named Catherine, who would become Mrs. Emil Notarangelo in August of 1972!

Emil mustered out as a SPC 4 and returned to Detroit in July of 1970. He made a career in the printing industry…and will retire later this year after 43 years! He and Catherine created and parented a family of six children. As a special Memorial Day recognition for their father, those kids arranged for an engraved memorial brick to be created to honor their dad’s service. That brick is placed in a special pavilion at the War Memorial at Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

His oldest daughter, Melanie, says this of her father: “He’s always been my hero, both as my dad and as a patriotic American. He’s very proud of his time in the Army and hopes to go back to his Ford Island/Pearl Harbor station one day. We’re working on getting him there, but Dad doesn’t like flying very much…and hasn’t been on a plane since his return stateside in 1970!”

To place a memorial brick in your city park or find out more about how to honor veterans in your city, contact your local city or county office and ask.