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The Somerville man whose battered body was found Wednesday evening dumped behind a Norwood Middle School was a Vietnam veteran who had recently listed his address as the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, state officials said.
Vincent A. Lalli, 66, joined the US Navy in November 1967 and was honorably discharged in September 1971, according to John Paradis, spokesman for the state Department of Veterans’ Services. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one star. While information about his deployment was not available, the Vietnam Service Medal is only awarded to service members who supported combat operations in Vietnam.