Charles Joseph Antonelly
United States Marine Corps
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 31, 1945 to November 06, 1965
CHARLES J ANTONELLY is on the Wall at Panel 3E, Line 23

Charles J Antonelly
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15 Sep 2001


To be "Always Faithful" is both the least that we owe
and an exact description of what we owe
to these men.

"Chas" Antonelly with a photo of his father, Charles J. Antonelly.

A memorial initiated by his cousin,
Anna Mancini

27 May 2007

Dear Charles,

I just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday and thank you once again for sacrificing your life for our freedom.

I miss you and love you very much.
Love, Your Cousin

13 Aug 2002

The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.

Antonelly saw his 4-month-old son once before he left for Viet Nam, leaving him a letter that read:
"I know that you are much to young to understand what I say, but they say babies can understand everything for they know God...

"We of the United States believe in freedom and have to defend this whenever necessary. I long to be home with you and your mother, but as such God prevents it, as it is His will that I am here...

"Ask God to protect your mother and yourself until I get home. Tell God that you can be his personal representative down on earth to keep an eye on her and keep her well."

Antonelly attended Thomas Edison High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps in March 1962. The 20-year-old corporal, a helicopter mechanic with Marine Air Group 16 of the 1st Marine Air Wing, died on Nov. 6, 1965, in the hamlet of Phu Bai, Quang Tri Province, In addition to his wife and son, he was survived by his parents, a brother and sister.


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

12 Mar 2006

We were sitting on the corner of Salmon and Indiana. Someone walked up and said "Did you hear Chas got killed?". Some events you remember through your life.

From a friend,
Joe Mikus
1004 Edgewood Lane, Cinnaminson, N J

28 May 2006

Thank you for protecting those you did not know but your Love for your country and its constitution means more to those you did not know than you will ever know.

If it wasn't for men and women like you our country would be very different and we wouldn't have the many freedoms we have and enjoy now.

From an American,
Denise Zuschmidt

31 May 2006

"Antonelly" was my sit on the step special friend. I remember the day he joined the Marines and when he safely came home. Charlie and I were walking from Salmon and Indiana to my house on Mercer Street when he told me he was going to re-enlist. I tried to talk him out of it and my mother tried to talk him out of it but we couldn't. As he said good-bye to us he said, "Don't worry, you can't kill a good Marine." Those words have echoed in my house and in my mind since then. Those were his last words on his smiling face. I didn't see him again until I viewed a special soldier and a special friend covered by glass. Today on Charlie's birthday, I want to remember him and let him know that his memory as a special friend and a brave Marine will always remain in my heart and prayers. God bless "Antonelly".

From a close friend,
Lois Isaacs
2979 E. Mercer Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19134


A Note from The Virtual Wall

While the database entry implies Cpl Antonelly was killed in a helicopter crash, he was fatally injured in a ground maintenance accident involving a UH-34 helicopter.

Charles Joseph Antonelly,
Corporal, United States Marine Corps,
was buried on 22 November 1965 in
Plot Y03316A, Beverly National Cemetery,
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey,
surrounded by other men of honor and integrity.

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