John George Orsino

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
28 June 1949 - 26 October 1967
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John George Orsino

22 May 2003

Uncle John,

Though we've never met, I have heard many stories about you. I have always wondered what it would be like if you had made it home, how we would all be stronger because of your strength and even though you are not here with us, you will always be in my heart. I wish I could have met you.

Love from your niece Tammy

11 Oct 2005

Dear Johnny, I tried to do all I could for you to keep you from being bored and away from your troubled home life. I wish you could of told me of your plans to join the service because I would of enrolled you into my unit. Being a Sergeant I could of had you put into my Photo Unit doing public relations. Miss you and often think of the fun you, I, and Joe Amato used to have with you when you were very young. Thinking of you, Johnny - Uncle George.

From his uncle,
George Orsino

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.

Orsino had wanted to be a Marine since he was a small boy, and left Thomas Edison High School to enlist in the Marine Corps in July 1966, a week after his 17th birthday. He was sent to Vietnam in September 1967 and assigned to Company E of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. The private first class, a rifleman and messman, died in Quang Tri Province on October 26, 1967. He was survived by his parents, a brother and a sister.

The 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, lost seven men on 26 Oct 1967:

  • Major John J. Lawendowski, Utica, NY, H&S Company
  • 2ndLt Larry D. Bleeker, Ames, IA, E Company
  • LCpl Richard J. Acevedo, Los Angeles, CA, E Company
  • LCpl Steven A. Smith, West Linn, OR, E Company
  • Pfc John G. Orsino, Philadelphia, PA, E Company
  • Pfc Billy R. Wohlgamuth, Sylvania, OH, E Company
  • Pfc Dennis J. Fries, Chicago, IL, F Company

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