|Affiliations||United States Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, C Company|
Vecchio was a character briefly mentioned in the film, Saving Private Ryan. He was a young American soldier who fought during World War Two in Charlie company of the 2nd Rangers Battalion under Captain John Miller at one time during the invasion of Italy in Anzio. He was also present when Sergeant Horvath was in the company.
According to Miller, he was a "goofy" kid who used to walk around on his hands, sing songs and pee a "V" on everyone's jackets for victory and Vecchio. He was assumed to hold the rank of Private as Miller saw him as a child by how he did such pranks on fellow Rangers. Apparently, he could walk around on his hands faster than his feet and was small. In fact, it amazed Miller that he managed to become a Ranger in the army.
He died sometime during 1944 in late January most likely in or around Anzio.
In June,1944, Miller and Horvath are in a church in Neuville and began talking about Vecchio and everything that he would do. Miller laughed at simply remembering him which Horvath soon did as well once they started to talk about him.
Miller used Vecchio as a way to describe to Horvath how you rationalize between the mission and the men and how Private Ryan would better be worth it especially after Private Caparzo's death because he would not trade ten Ryans for one Vecchio or one Caparzo to which Horvath responded with "Amen".