Dionisio Garcia Aponte, 83, of Pemberton, an Army veteran, died Thursday, June 20.
Mr. Aponte was a coordinator at the New Lisbon Developmental Center for a number of years after his career in the Army before retiring in the mid-1990s, his son Michael said.
Born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, Mr. Aponte was the oldest of 10 children and joined the Army when he was 18. He was a 20-year veteran who served a tour in Korea and three tours in Vietnam.
Michael Aponte said his father valued his time in the Army because it afforded him an opportunity. He said his father grew up very poor.