Francis Pennetti

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
15 June 1947 - 24 January 1968
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Francis Pennetti

20 Nov 2004

This man was my next-door neighbor. He was from a large Catholic family and was close friends with all of my brothers and sisters. I was seven years old when they walked up our steps and knocked on the door to notify his next of kin he had been killed in action.

I'll never forget this man. I was a kid and remember Frankie Pennetti as a teenager without swagger, kind to all and protective of those weaker or smaller. God bless him and his family for the sacrifice taken from them. He was 19 years old when killed in Quang Tri, near Khe Sanh in what is known as the "hill fights" imediately prior to the Tet Offensive and the siege of Khe Sanh. He was killed by artillery fire on January 24, 1968.

In Gratitude,
Patrick M. Dwyer
US Navy Submarine service 1982-1988

20 Nov 2004

Francis Pennetti

The photo and following article are taken from The Philadelphia Daily News:

Francis J. Pennetti, Stanton Street, East Falls

"Frankie" Pennetti was proud to be a Marine and proud to be in Vietnam, a brother recalled. He attended Roxborough High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps in July 1966. The 20-year-old lance corporal, a rifleman, was sent to Vietnam and assigned to the 3rd Battalion of the 26th Marines. Pennetti died in Quang Tri Province on January 24, 1968. He was survived by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Kilo Company, 3/26th Marines, lost three men on 24 Jan 1968:
  • LCpl Francis Pennetti, Philadelphia, PA
  • HN Christian F. Feit, Smethport, PA (H&S Co w/ K/3/26, DoW 1/25/68)
  • Pfc Kenneth V. Goodman, Stewart, MN

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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