IN MEMORY OF CARLO IOVINO (1938 – 2020)
Carlo Iovino passed away on June 16, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 virus. This is particularly sad for me. I met Carlo and Dick Harris in 1987 at Belle Terre farm where we discovered the major epicenter of the Battle of Monmouth. Carlo donated every artifact he found there which became the basis for the first museum at Monmouth Battlefield State Park (NJ). This was years before starting the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and decades before BRAVO. Carlo was probably the best battlefield metal detectorist that I have ever met. When we did contract projects, the professional archaeologists would specifically ask if Carlo would be there. Just to give you an idea, he found 344 artifacts at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 81 of which were musket balls! If we had a project, lab day, a meeting or just a get together, Carlo was there. Every time I met Carlo, he would give me a bone crushing bear hug. He was truly one of my most favorite friends. He will be missed but not forgotten. He personally has contributed much to the history of this country by recovering artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 to the Civil War and more. He was a charter member of BRAVO and will always be remembered. I consider myself very fortunate just to have known such an unselfish person! He is at peace now and with Marylou, his wife and best friend of many years.
Carlo was devastated when he lost his wife and best friend, Marylou in 2016. They are now together FOREVER.