Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
27 Jun 1945 2
20 Nov 1967 2

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Full Name:
Jerry Richard Donatiello 2
27 Jun 1945 2
Male 2
20 Nov 1967 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 22 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died of Wounds 2
Hometown: Belleville, NJ 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
2nd Bn 2
F Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
E3 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
7th Marines 2
Marine Corps 2
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
07 Oct 1967 2
Years Served:
1 2
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 40 2
Panel: 30E 2

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" I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. " -- quote from Robert Fulghum Yes, for the record, I believe that Love never dies, never dies. You are not forgotten. Your name appears on this wall close to a member of my adopted extended family, so I am also remembering you. You both passed from this world on the same day, but didn't pass from our collective hearts. April Dayns RN Sacramento, CA.

Thank you Marine for your service

Belleville Sons Honor Roll

  A Place of Honor and Remembrance In the Home of the Brave

Belleville, New Jersey

Vietnam War

Lt. Col. Alfred Barnes     Captain William Branch     Frank A. Cancelliere

   Roger Crowell     Helder DaSilva     Raymond DeLuca     Jerry R. Donatiello  

John Hoar     Carl L. Mickens      Paul Nelson     Donald Saunders     Thomas VanHouten

Jerry Richard Donatiello

Local Boy Killed in War

Funeral For J. Richard Donatiello

Today At Saint Anthony's Church

(Nov. 30, 1967) -- Today at 9:30 a.m., a solemn high Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Church, for Marine Lance Corporal Jerry Richard Donatiello of Frederick Street.

He was killed Nov. 20 after sustaining a gunshot wound to the body from hostile rifle fire while on an operation in the vicinity of Quang Namn, Republic of Vietnam.

After the Mass, the 22-year-old's body will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Corp. Donatiello is survived by his widowed mother, Mrs. Rose Donatiello, and four brothers: Patrick, 38; Anthony, 37; Angelo Jr., 33; and Robert 29, of Church St., Belleville.

Born in Newark on June 27, 1945, Richie, as he was known at home, attended South 8th Street School and graduated from Bloomfield Technical School class of 1963 before moving his family to Belleville two years ago.

He was attending Fairleigh Dickenson University, Rutherford at nights for two years when he was drafted into the Marine Corps on March 3, 1965 and sent to Vietnam on Oct. 5.

While attending college, Richie had been very active with a CYO organization in Clifton, the town from which his girlfriend for three years, Roberta 'Cookie' DeMolli, comes.

At that same time he held two jobs to meet school expenses, a full-time job with Wilson Imperial, Newark and a part-time job at a local Acme Food Market.

Funeral services were held at Murray's Funeral Home, Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield.

Lance Cpl. Jerry Richard Donatiello, of Frederick Street, was killed in action in Vietnam on November 20, 1967.

He was killed by hostile rifle fire in the vicinity of Quang Namn on Nov. 20. He had been in Vietnam since Oct. 5.

Born on June 27, 1945, he enlisted in the Marines on March 3, 1965.

He served with the USMC CO F 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine, 1st Marine Division.

His service number is 225482.

He is the son of Mrs.Rose Donatiello.

He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, N.J.


Date of Birth: Wednesday, June 27, 1945
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

Branch: Marine Corps
Rank: LCPL
Serial Number: 2254282
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311

Start of Tour: Saturday, October 7, 1967 
Date of Casualty: Monday, November 20, 1967
Age at time of loss: 22 
Casualty type: (A2) Hostile, died of wounds
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty) 
Country: South VietNam
Province: Quang Nam

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall 

The Wall: Panel 30E - Row 040


New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

 Remembrance - George Sbarra


Thank you Marine for your service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

Rest In Peace Brother,Thank You

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten,Semper Fi.

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