Joseph Carmen Cerrone, JrSergeant
CAP HOTEL 10 (LANG CO), 3RD CAG, COMBINED ACTION, 3RD MAF
United States Marine Corps
03 January 1948 - 18 August 1968
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Joe Cerrone, left.
Courtesy Ed Ryan
The database page for Joseph Carmen Cerrone, Jr
Another Memorial Day has come and gone. Two of Sleepy's brothers, Ed Ryan and I, remember Sleepy and Joe Cerrone who fell together that night. We can't speak for anyone else but as long as we live and breath these two Heros will never be forgotten. They accepted the challenge and rose to the task of fighting for the freedom of an oppressed people and will always be remembered.
In the words of another Marine Hero, Sgt Major Daley,
SEMPER FI, Joe, We will meet again.
A memorial initiated by a friend,
It has been nearly 35 years since I sat in your parents' living room
I have become richer because of you.
I don't know why it became my mission to bring them together after all this time, but I didn't let you down, Joe. Your buddies are now my buddies. They are OK, Joe, I promise. Thank you for still enriching our lives. Still, every spring when children start playing baseball at the Little League field, I see you there. You will always be a hero to me, Joe - Semper Fi.
Kathy is always busy with research, trying to contact more of the Marines from Hotel 10. As you know she has done an outstanding job to date. Located your family and CAPMarine, Mike Cone for me. Mike hasn't changed over the years. We got together down in Melbourne Fla. and visited the "Moving Wall" - we had our talk with you at the Memorial.
Joe, you will always remain in our hearts and prayers.
That Sunday night, August 18, 1968, we will never forget how you and Mike (Sleepy) O'Neill gave your lives for the people of Lang Co Village and 3rd CAG Hotel 10 Marines. I miss you, we miss you, we will meet again.
Semper Fi, Marine
30 May 2005
This August 18th you left us 37 years ago. You left us with an inner strength that taught us to continue to help our Disable Veterans in our VA Hospitals. You taught us about "The Wall" in Washington DC. My first visit there I was shaken and scared but once I found your name and touched it, I felt your accomplishments and how you effected all of your Marines in Hotel 10 and the Villagers of Lang Co, Vietnam.
You will always remain in my heart and Prayers.
From a friend and comrade-in-arms,
Your spirit is alive and well. As always, you are in our thoughts. Thanks to Kathy M (who we believe was guided by God's hand) we have been introduced to a few of your very close friends who were there on your last day. They have provided us with answers to the many questions we have lived with these past 35 years. We hope that it has helped them as much as it has helped us. It is amazing to us that after 35 years you are still alive and well in so many people's minds and hearts. We have come full circle.
God Bless Ed and Mike and their tremendous families for all that you have done for us.
Love from your sisters,
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Jeanne Frances, Janice, Jude and Jackie
1 Jun 2003
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 06/18/2005