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Hundreds of veterans gathered at a dying Florida vet's bedside to thank him for his service
Gunnery Sergeant John Guglielmino has died after suffering from a stroke. He was 69 years old.
After a social media request from his daughter Katherine Boccanelli, he ended up with more than 200 visits from local veterans at his bedside. He was also recognized with a special medal from local Congressman John Rutherford's office.
Guglielmino served more than 17 years with the United State's Marine Corps and completed multiple tours in Vietnam.
"I just want to thank them so much for being apart of his final days the salutes the handshakes the hugs the prayers," Boccanelli said.
Marine veteran John Guglielmino(GoFundMe)
Guglielmino left a mark on the very few family members he had on the first coast including his daughter and grandchildren.
"Overwhelming sadness and heart break, this man has been my rock for my whole life," Boccanelli said.
As Boccanelli prepares for her father's funeral, she is hoping for the community's support one last time.
"We lost my mom a few years ago so there is not a lot of family, if our extended military would like to come pay their final respects nothing would make me happier," Boccanelli said.
If you'd like to help with funeral expenses or show your support, Boccanelli has set up a GoFundMe page. Services will be held at CrossRoads to Victory Church in Raiford, Fla. The day and time are still pending.
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It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
ROCKFORD — Delta Force sniper Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon's face was so badly battered and cut, "he looked like he was wearing a fright mask" as he stood atop a downed Black Hawk helicopter and pulled free the body of a fellow soldier from the wreckage.
That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.