Anthony F. Gallo

NAME
Anthony Frank Gallo
NICKNAME
MCSN
341237
HOME OF RECORD
723 Pemberton Street, Philadelphia, PA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Frank Gallo
DATE OF BIRTH
unknown*
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 23, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 25, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
October 26, 1943
UNIT
E/2/5th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 25 October 1942, Company E, 2/5 sent out platoon-sized patrols to observe the East-West Trail in the battalion sector. The Japanese were active along the front; at 1220, part of one platoon returned, reporting contact with the enemy. One Marine was killed, and Private Anthony Gallo was missing in action.

Two days later, a squad from E/2/5 discovered the body of PFC Albert Grdanc lying along the East-West Trail. Grdanc was buried in the field; no trace of Gallo could be found.

Private Gallo was never seen nor heard from again. He was declared dead on 26 October, 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing in action.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

* Note – A twelve-year-old Anthony Gallo, son of Frank Gallo, was living in Philadelphia at the time of the 1940 census. It has not been confirmed if this is the same Anthony Gallo, as he would have been below the legal age to enlist in 1941. However, Private Gallo was investigated for fraudulent enlistment while at Parris Island, which may indicate some bending of the rules. All charges were dropped, and he graduated with the rest of his boot platoon.

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