John William Ciallella

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
29 April 1949 - 17 November 1968
Sea Girt, New Jersey
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Purple Heart (2 awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John William Ciallella

08 Jul 1999

John and I were Boy Scouts together and friends.


03 Feb 2001

My parents choose John as my middle name as a memorial to you. We thank you for your courage and sacrifice for us and your country.

James John Ciallella

19 Apr 2005

John was my younger cousin.
I went to the Wall to see his name and thank him for his courage.
He is missed by his family and friends and will always be remembered for his courage.

From a cousin,
Carol Ciallella-Felten

30 Apr 2005

God Bless YOU, my friend. God Bless as well your Mother and Father and Steven as they have been true Granite in a garden of confusion. Your Mom Marguerite has made certain that no one has ever been injured in vehicular accidents in our close knit hometown, by her constant vigilance as a crossing guard by the railroad tracks at the south side of town.

What a World!

Your Brother in arms,

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men from Golf 2/3 Marines were killed in a vehicle accident on 17 Nov 1968: LCpl John W. Ciallella and Pfc Gary D. Cox of Kansas City, Kansas.

The photo and the following text are taken from the New Jersey Vietnam Memorial site:

"John W. Ciallella was born April 29, 1949. He graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in 1967 and loved football. He was co-captain of the football team and president of his homeroom class. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in October 1967 from his hometown of Red Bank, NJ. He attained the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl).

"On November 17, 1968 at the age of 19, Ciallella was killed in action in South Vietnam. According to reports, John was killed when the vehicle he was riding in went off an embankment during action in Quang Tri Province near the demilitarized zone.

"John had received the Purple Heart for a wound he received a month after arriving in Vietnam. He received a fragmentation wound in the right chest and spent a month in the military hospital near Hue. A month after he was returned to duty, he contracted malaria and was confined to the hospital ship, USS Sanctuary. Three weeks after he returned to duty, he was wounded again and sent to Guam to recuperate.

"LCpl Ciallella was awarded two Purple Hearts, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, two Bronze Stars and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal."

It is believed the reference to "two Bronze Stars" means the campaign stars worn on the Vietnam Service Medal rather than to two awards of the Bronze Star medal.

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a friend,
08 Jul 1999

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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