Frank Anthony Neary
Corporal
D CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Ocean, New Jersey
April 24, 1948 to November 22, 2006
(Incident Date February 24, 1967)
FRANK A NEARY is on the Wall at Panel 15E, Line 96

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CPL FRANK ANTHONY NEARY

 
During the Vietnam War there was no overriding reason to keep close track of names of the men and women who died as a result of military service in the war zone. A decade after the withdrawal of US forces, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was approved for construction. The service branches went back through their records to identify our dead by name.

Inevitably some men who should have been named on the "Wall" were not. Over the years additional names have been inscribed on the Wall - some were men who died after the war as a result of wounds received in the war, and others were men whose names were overlooked in earlier years.

The name Frank Anthony Neary was originally not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but was officially added and dedicated on Memorial Day, 2012.

~~~~~~~~~~~~Obituary posted by the Asbury Park Press on November 25th, 2006 ~~~~~~~~~~~~

FRANK ANTHONY NEARY, 58, of OCEAN TOWNSHIP, died Wednesday, November 22, surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Orange, he lived in the Shore area for almost his entire life. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam earning numerous awards including the Purple Heart. The injuries he received in service to his country forced his retirement from the Marines, and contributed to his distinctive limp for the remainder of his life. Upon returning home, he worked as an electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 400. He served Local 400 in several capacities and eventually retired as the business manager after 35 years. Upon retirement, his full-time job became caring for his grandchildren. Rarely could he be found without one of them in tow. The true joy of his life was his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Shirley Neary and his sister, Kathleen Neary. Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Susan Cuccurullo Neary; his sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Lara Neary Jr. of Shrewsbury and Christopher and Elisabeth Neary of Rumson; his daughters and son-in-law, Nicole Neary and her partner Dana of Long Branch and Jessica and Nicholas DiNapoli of Ocean; his sisters, Barbara Preece and her husband Daniel of Bayville, Pamela Nannini and her husband Michael of Manasquan, and Patricia Ward and her husband Michael of Laverne, Calif.; his brothers, Eugene Neary and his wife Lisa of Avon and James Neary and his wife Donna of Howell; and his grandchildren Kyle, Kayla, Brynn, Nicholas, Ava and Tess.

A funeral service was offered at Mt. Carmel Church, Asbury Park, followed by interment at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls.

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CPL Neary's daughter, Jessica DiNapoli spoke on Memoriall Day at the Wall about her father's life and service. She said her father, Marine Corporal Neary was wounded in action on February 24, 1967 in the Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam.

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As a result of the injuries sustained that day, CPL Neary died of a stroke due to an intracranial bleed, chronic thromolytic therapy and occluded bypass graft of his left leg. The Marine Corps reviewed his records and determined that he died of the wounds he sustained in combat in Vietnam. His name was added to the Wall in an official ceremony on May 28th, 2012, Memorial Day.

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