was joe mantegna a marine
Mantegna won a Tony award for his portrayal of Richard Roma in David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross. He has had a long and successful association with Mamet, appearing in a number of his works.
On April 29, 2011, Mantegna received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
In addition, Mantegna was appointed the national spokesperson to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army.
Each Memorial Day since 2002, Mantegna has flown to Washington, D.C., where he and Gary Sinise have the National Memorial Day Concert.
A third episode of Criminal Minds will air Wednesday, January 21st with another story about Harrison Scott. In this episode, Rossi discovers his friend has died. He flies to Los Angeles to make funeral arrangements and lay his friend to rest with the honor he deserves. It is also a tribute to actor Meshach Taylor, who died of cancer last year. The episode also feature two real-life three-star generals as well as real veterans instead of extras, with an emphasis on Vietnam-era vets.
New Directions was founded in 1992 to provide services to help these homeless veterans. These services include substance abuse treatment, counseling, education, job training and placement, and parenting classes. Veterans leave New Directions with a savings account, housing, a job, and most importantly, a sense of confidence in the future and a support system to see them through.
How did Tony get out?
It’s a funny story. My uncle Willie, the next-to-youngest Novelli brother, almost liberated Tony. Willie was in Patton’s Third Army, in the 37th Tank Battalion under Creighton Abrams. His unit liberated the camp Tony had been in. But the Russians had gotten there the day before, and Tony left with them. He figured he wouldn’t wait around for the Americans to get there. He had no idea how close they were.
Did your uncles enlist because of Pearl Harbor?
Actually, my uncle Sam, my dad’s brother, was at Pearl Harbor before the war started. He was in the Marine Corps, on the [heavy cruiser] USS Chicago. Luckily the Chicago was at sea the morning of the attack.
A year after viewers met and said goodbye to his first wife Carolyn (and learned he had a son who died at birth) and five years after he joined the CBS procedural, Mantegna’s last wish is finally coming true. On Wednesday’s episode (9/8c, CBS), Rossi will reconnect with his former Marine Sgt. Harrison Scott (guest star Meshach Taylor) while the BAU is in Los Angeles for an unrelated case.
Rossi’s military homage is a one-off episode for now, but Mantegna is just happy that the door is open for possibly more in the future. “Regardless whether there will be more or not, I’m just so thrilled that we were able to make this episode and I think it came out so wonderful,” he says. “It makes a statement, it makes a point. It’s beneficial in what it talks about and what it shows. Hopefully people can realize, ‘Wow, [homeless veterans] is an issue and it’s important.'”