Neil Edward RileyPrivate First Class
E CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 May 1946 - 13 September 1966
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The database page for Neil Edward Riley
Neil Riley grew up in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, admiring and wanting to be a Marine. In school he played football, wrestled, and ran track. He loved the woods in Gibsonia and hunted and fished and walked his dog.
He joined the Marines in January 1966 and was only in Vietnam a month when he was killed.
After his death at Phu Bai, Vietnam, his classmates at Richland High School asked a nationally famous sculptress, Janet de Coux, who also lived in Gibsonia, to do a memorial for Neil. She graciously did so just for the amount they collected. The bronze plaque is in front of the high school. It was dedicated May 30, 1967 and rededicated on the new Pine-Richland High School Nov 11, 1994.
This epitaph is on his grave marker:
On leave after Boot Camp with his brother Dale, also a Marine.
PFC Neil Edward Riley, USMC,
A memorial from his Mother and Brother,|
Olive Oswald Riley and Dale A. Riley
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)