Raymond Anthony RanellucciPrivate First Class
3RD PLT, GOLF CO, 3RD BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
10 February 1947 - 15 March 1966
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The database page for Raymond Anthony Ranellucci
The years have passed since I played with Ray Ranellucci on his parents' farm in Rennsaeler, New York. At the time we were only 8 years old and filled with life. We lived in different parts of New York but we always managed to stay in touch by mail.|
As time went on and we grew, our lives somehow lost touch during our early teen-age years and naturally the growing pains, but we still never forgot each other. Ray finshed high school and immediately enlisted in the Marines. He knew he wanted to serve and we both knew it was his destiny.
The news of his death sent such shock waves though me, because he was so young and had so much life to enjoy. His mother could never recover from Ray's loss and she died shortly after of what we believed to be a "broken heart".
Ray is and was loved by many and his memory carries on in the hearts of us that knew him and were touched by his presence. He is gone but never forgotten. He will always be to me the 8 year boy who loved to jump into a pile of fresh cut hay and laugh at such silly boyish pranks.
You gave your life for your country but you gave me much more, which was the life we shared our innocences. The final chapter to your life has not been written because there is no closure to one so loved and remembered.
04 March 2002
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A memorial from a friend,|
James Gerard Marsh
21 Aug 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)