Rich and Mike-Vietnam. Semper Fi… in Life and Death

A U.S. Marine, Mike DeMarco, killed in Vietnam in April, 1968, who wanted to be buried with his buddy, Rich Rockenstyre, another Marine and good friend, killed in Vietnam in August, 1967.   He sensed his own imminent death, and begged Rich’s mother  to allow him to be buried next his buddy when the time came.

They were 2 among a group of about 7  boys, all friends, who went off to the War,  3  of whom died, as did others from Albany.

buddy

rockenstyre  demarco  1968-1  funeral

RICH

rockenstyre obit 1967rocky oct 67

Mike

demarco 1968  april 17   part 1mike april 17  oart 2

See my blog post about the other  35 from Albany who died. Not Just Names on the Wall

Albany NY  on the Vietnam Virtual Wall

Albany NY
CPT THOMAS JAMES BERGIN SP5 CHRISTOPHER BROW 1LT STANLEY ALTON BROWN
PFC ROBERT GEORGE BURRELL SP4 CHARLES CHANDLER LCPL MICHAEL GREGORY DE MARCO
CPL BERTRAM ANTHONY DESO SP4 RALPH JOSEPH DI PACE LCPL WILLIAM FENTON DI TORO
LT RALPH PETER DUPONT Jr PFC JOHN CHARLES FIFFE SP4 EDWARD ARTHUR FINLAY
PFC JOHN WILLIE GLADNEY SP4 KEITH ROBERT KNOTT PFC CLIFFORD GEORGE LABOMBARD
LCPL RICHARD JAMES LEAHY MAJ THEODORE R LOESCHNER Jr MAJ HAROLD SHERMAN LONERGAN
LCPL ASHTON NATHANIEL LONEY PFC HANS JORG RUDOLPH LORENZ PFC KEVIN JOSEPH Mc ARDLE
PFC ARTHUR GERALD Mc NALLY PFC FRANK MELECA SP4 RICHARD JOHN MOSLEY
SSG DANIEL EUGENE NYE SFPFN JOSEPH STANLEY OTT SP4 LEWIS CHARLES OUELLETTE
LCPL RICHARD ROCKENSTYRE SP4 THOMAS KEVIN RYAN CPL WILLIAM MICHAEL SEBAST
SP4 DONALD JAMES SHEEHY SP4 GERALD HOWARD SLINGERLAND SSG ROBERT JAMES SMITH
GYSGT ANTHONY NICHOLAS VALENTE CAPT WILLIAM MEADON VAN ANTWERP Jr CPL JOHN JOSEPH VENNARD
CPL SAMUEL WILLIE WILLIAMS SP4 ROBERT J WINTERS

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