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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Old 06-09-2014, 14:52 PM
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S. Peter Gallo, 88, Wilbraham, MA

S. Peter Gallo, 88, World War II and decorated Korean War veteran of Wilbraham, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Peter, son of the late Saverio and Theresa (Belcamino) Gallo, was born in Springfield on October 4, 1925. Peter was a first generation Italian American. His father Saverio immigrated to the United States in 1913 from the small town of San Michele, in the province of Catanzaro, in Calabria Italy, settling in Springfield Ma.

In 1943 Peter joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the Pacific Theater during WWII where he saw action in the battle of Iwo Jima. Pete served with the 28th Marines 2nd Battalion D company. Elements of the 28th Marines raised the flag on Mt Suribachi. One of the proudest moments in Peters life was witnessing the flag raising while positioned on the beach to repel a potential counter attack. Out of the 235 Marines from his company squad only 35 survived the battle. Prior to being discharged in 1946, Peters WWII service also included participation in the Occupation Force in Japan.

Reenlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1948, Peter spent time in China with the 9th Marines and served a year with the Fleet Marines in the Mediterranean receiving specialized training in commando techniques and long range reconnaissance. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Peter was assigned to the 1st Marines 3rd Battalion and sent to the Pusan perimeter in Korea. While in Korea, Peter participated in the Invasion at Inchon, the Battle of Seoul and the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir. While at the military base at Hagaru-ri at the Chosin Reservoir Peter served as Section Chief of a Marine infantry battalion intelligence sector. It was for service at the Chosin Reservoir Peter was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V designation.

The award in part reads Without regard for his own personal safety or fatigue, frequently exposed to small arms fire and mortar fire, he repeatedly went forward to the front line elements to receive prisoners of war, enemy documents and equipment. Through his relentless and exacting interrogation of enemy prisoners, he was able to learn vital information on troop and supply movements, routes of attack and enemy artillery positions.

Prior to being discharged from the Marine Corps, Peter met a beautiful young nurse Doris Nubile while he was on weekend shore leave. In September of 1952 Peter married Doris and they settled in Springfield MA. Their marriage lasted 62 years and produced three children Susanne, Michael and Mary Elizabeth. As with other members of the Greatest Generation, Peter settled down with his wife and family working first as a surveyor at The Bay State Gas Company and then as an engineer for 22 years at Combustion Engineering Corp in Windsor Locks CT. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Peter attended Western New England College and proudly graduated in 1968. Peter was an active member in the Holy Name Coaches Club Association and coached a little league baseball team for 10 years. In 1967 Peter coached the Holy Name Yankees to a perfect 12-0 record and secured a division title. That year Peter was presented with an award for Coach of the Year. Peter was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Peter always enjoyed spending time with his wife and family along with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan, and loved watching Fox News.

Peter enjoyed attending Marine Corps reunions, which included a trip back to Iwo Jima for the 50th anniversary. Peter is a member of the 1st Marine Division Association, the 5th Marine Division Association as well as the Iwo Jima Survivors Association.

In addition to his parents, Peter was predeceased by his brother Anthony.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris (Nubile) Gallo; his daughters: Susanne McGlynn and her husband David of Wilbraham, Mary Elizabeth Tompkins and her husband Mark of East Amherst, NY; his son Michael P. Gallo and his wife Claudia of Corte Madera, CA; his grandchildren, Colin McGlynn and his wife Anna of Brooklyn NY, Devin McGlynn and his fianc Lauren of Marblehead MA, Evan Tompkins of East Amherst, NY, Alexandra Gallo, and Jessica Gallo of Corte Madera CA; a sister Angela Bruton of Springfield MA and sister- in- law Eleanor Gallo of Springfield Ma ; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His presence will be deeply missed by all. Semper Fi Pete!

Friends are asked to meet on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Cecilias Church, 42 Main Street, Wilbraham to celebrate the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Peter at 11 a.m. Rites of Committal and Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Chapel of the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street Agawam.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Peters memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please make donation under the web site section labeled Honor of/ Memory of. Indicate, In Memory of S. Peter Gallo.

Sampson Family Chapels, Springfield are entrusted with the arrangements.
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