Obituary for Gene Rackovitch

posted Mar 19, 2020, 4:35 PM by Webmaster

03.10.2020 OBITUARIES
Zivojin Rackovitch
By The Suffolk Times

Zivojin "Gene" Rackovitch of Greenport died at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in Smithtown March 6. He was 93.

He was born Nov. 9, 1926, to Lillian and Peter Ratzkovich in Flushing, N.Y.

After high school, Mr. Rackovitch served in the Marine Corps for three years, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was employed as a milkman in New York City for 15 years, as a silver importer for 25 years and he authored six books.

Mr. Rackovitch married his wife, Harriet, on Jan. 21, 1951, in Flushing.
He received a Silver Medal Award in 2014 from Military Society of America for his book, “My Corps.” His family said he was an avid gardener who enjoyed chess and poker.

Mr. Rackovitch was predeceased by his son Thomas in 2004. He is survived by children Donna Mann and Daria Kowal of Greenport, Kim Worko of Flushing, Michael Rackovitch of North Chili, N.Y., Judith Rackovitch and Joseph Longhway, both of Long Beach, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitors will be received Saturday, March 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. Interment will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery in Greenport, with date and time to be announced.

February 19th Greetings

posted Mar 3, 2019, 2:51 PM by Webmaster

Thank you all for your service to our nation and for setting the tone for the rest of us who followed.

Ssgt Garcia Joey

C Co 1/23

2nd PLT



Just wanted to send a Thank You for the Marines & Sailors  The Battle of Iwo Jima !!!

God Bless you all and God Bless the USA!!!!

SGT. Ramirez Bernabe

Charlie Company 1/23


Retired 2015





As we remember the Battle of Iwo Jima, we remember and think of our heroes.  Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines served proudly during this battle and left us a legacy that we continue to honor as new generations of Marines go through the ranks.

Thank you and all the veterans in the association.  We love you and we are proud of you.  Selfless sacrifice is the ultimate act of love for one another.  There is no higher standard that Marines like yourselves could have left behind for our great nation.

Many blessings to you and yours.

Semper Fidelis,

Juan Ramirez Jr.


United States Marine Corps

Brownsville, Texas

Thank you for your service brothers 

Sgt. Cantu Gonzalez 

Charlie Company 1/23


Thank you all for your Service and Anniversary. Semper Fidelis. 

Thank you and God Bless.

CPL Castaneda, Juan

Charlie 1/23 2003-2009 

Sincere Gratitude

posted Feb 19, 2019, 3:47 PM by Webmaster

Fellow warriors and mentors,  


Today, on February 19, 1945, many of you loaded onto LVT's and stepped into history and Marine Corps lore.  I went this morning to the Iwo Jima Memorial located at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.  I stepped inside the small museum there next to it and thought of you.  I thought of the sacrifices that the Greatest Generation has made for our country.  I thought of my grandfather who also served in the Marine Corps during World War II but on Saipan and Okinawa.  My grandfather passed before I was born but my family followed in his footsteps and joined the Marine Corps.  I also visited the grave of Mr. Robert Jeffries an Iwo Jima survivor whom I met before my unit deployed to Iraq and 2004 and though extremely ill waited for us to get back before reporting to the eternal commandant.  His wife said he just wanted to see us home before his duty ended.  I was honored to carry him to his final resting place.  I am honored to have had the privilege to have corresponded with some of you who served with Charlie Company 1/23 in World War II and I am eternally grateful for the knowledge and history you have provided me.

Semper Fidelis!

GySgt Rene F. Avendano Jr.

Interviews with Carlos Showalter

posted Jan 27, 2019, 10:38 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 27, 2019, 10:57 AM ]

Carlos Showalter has been giving interviews and telling his story to a gentleman who is making Interview DVDs about the landings and selling them on eBay.

Obituary for Nicholas P Del Vecchio

posted Jan 27, 2019, 10:36 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 27, 2019, 10:39 AM ]

Obituary for Nicholas P Del Vecchio
Nicholas P. Del Vecchio, 94, died on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at home.

Born in Plainfield, Mr. Del Vecchio resided in North Plainfield.

A veteran of WWII, Mr. Del Vecchio served in the Marine Corps from 1943 – 1946. During his enlistment, he earned the rank as Corporal and was a member of the Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division that invaded the Island of Iwo Jima on February 14, 1945. The Battle of Iwo Jima a notorious battle that lasted five weeks where the United States lost thousands and thousands of soldiers.

Mr. Del Vecchio is predeceased by all of his siblings and is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well several great great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation and funeral services on Friday, January 18, 2019 beginning at 9AM in the McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funerals 2425 Plainfield Ave South Plainfield, NJ 07080. 

Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield.

A Message from GySgt Rene F. Avendano Jr. USMC (Ret)

posted Dec 23, 2018, 6:24 AM by Webmaster

I wanted to wish all the veterans of Charlie Company 1st Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment a sincere thank you this Veterans Day.  I hope this email finds you well and in good spirits.  I can never stop thanking you for your dedicated service to our nation and our beloved Marine Corps.  You all are an inspiration for the future of our Marine Corps.  I hope you had an excellent Marine Corps Birthday and again thank you for your service.


GySgt Rene F. Avendano Jr.  USMC (Ret)

Company C 1/23 4th Mar Div




Never underestimate the fury of patient man.


The Darkness cannot extinguish your light. Your WILL. Your determination. No matter what is happening—no matter how hard the fight is. As long as you keep fighting—you win.” 


Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to hurt or kill.


Pray, I never come for you.

Elmer N. Davis Obituary

posted Dec 2, 2018, 3:37 PM by Webmaster

January 2, 1921 - July 16, 2010

Elmer "Bud" N. Davis, Jr., 89, of Granger, passed away in his home, surrounded by family, at 10:06 am, Friday, July 16, 2010. Bud was born on January 2, 1921 in St. Charles, IL to the late Elmer N and Stella (Crawford) Davis. On March 30, 1946, he married Maxine "Mickey" E. Ruffner, who preceded him in death in 2008.

Bud graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary, where he was enrolled in the ROTC. He proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he became a Corporal and a Rifle Expert. He participated in the Battle of Roi and Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, also was involved in action against the enemy at Saipan, Tinian and the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he earned a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee. He was the former owner and operator of Davis Floor Covering Service. Bud was also employed at Joer's Floor Center for many years as an estimator. He was a master floor mechanic, loved animals, and was a big Notre Dame and Indianapolis Colts fan.

Bud is survived by four children, Janice (Bill) Falkenau-Shaw of South Bend, Jill Comfort of Osceola, Jackie Vogler of Mishawaka and Jody (Lucy) Davis of Granger, ten grandchildren, Kimberly McCall, David (Melissa) Falkenau, Jennifer (Tommy) Laymon, Rebecca Dahlin, Angela Comfort, Alicia Comfort, Michael Vogler, Ann (David) Emmitt, Benjamin Davis and Nicole Davis and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his two sisters, Delores Portlock and Evelyn Tauber.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 22, 2010 in the funeral home with entombment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Albright United Methodist Church, 504 W. Mishawaka Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

The Passing of Walter S. Donahue, Jr.

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:09 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 3:50 PM ]

Walter S. Donahue, Jr.
May 19, 1921 - September 29, 2017

Pawtucket – Walter S. Donahue, Jr., 96, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Lillian (Kenney) Donahue for seventy-three years. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of the late Walter Scott Donahue and Grace (Hawes) Donahue, he resided in Pawtucket over seventy years. Walter was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served as a 1st Lieutenant Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Regular, 2nd Marine Division in Saipan, Timan and the Okinawa Campaigns and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a 1940 graduate of the Boston Public Latin School. Walter was also a 1944 graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was a member and past-president of the Alpha Delta Pi Fraternity; member of the Student Council; Ivy Day Chairman; Class Life Secretary-Treasurer; Class Agent since 1949; Director of the Alumni Fund; Chairman of the Alumni Fund 1980 and he received the Robert Cross Award; Alumni Service Award and was the Maine All State Football Halfback / Place Kicker in 1943. He also attended Boston University and Rhode Island University studying in Sales and Marketing. Walter was employed by the Union Wadding Company for forty-five years until retiring in 1991 as Vice-president of Sales in the Manufacturing Division. He was member and Past Master of Barney Merry Lodge No. 29 F. & A.M.; member of the Pawtucket Junior Chamber of Commerce and an Honorary Life member of the Pawtucket Country Club. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, W. Scott Donahue, III, Susan J. Pimental and Alan R. Donahue; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services with Military Honors will be private. Interment will follow at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. Visitation and flowers are respectfully omitted. Memorial gifts to the Bowdoin Alumni Fund, 5000 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.

Victory over Japan Day Article in the Roanoke Times

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:07 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 7:49 PM ]

Tonia Moxley had a great piece in the Roanoke Times about a Victory over Japan Day luncheon for veteran's at Mission BBQ. The article also features an interview with Carlos Showalter and some great videos as well.

The Passing of Nicholas A. Zingaro

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:03 PM by Webmaster

Sgt Major Nicholas A. Zingaro Ret. USMC
September 2, 2017

Nicholas A. Zingaro, 92, of Solvay, NY, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was born to the late Luigi and Theresa (Spicciati) Zingaro on August 20, 1925. To many, Nick Zingaro is a Marine, a Sergeant Major. To us, he is our dad, our grandfather, our great-grandfather, our mentor and our “hero”. Three of his sons, Richard, Nick and Lewis, followed in his footsteps to become Marines. On March 4, 1944 Nick joined the Marine Corps and proudly served for 36 years, serving in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He was a machine gunner with Charlie Company, First Battalion 23rd marines, 4th Marine Division. He was in the 3rd wave beach landing on Iwo Jima in February 1945. In March, 2005, he took a trip back to the Island for the 60th Anniversary Remembrance of the Battle of Iwo Jima. At that time, he and a fellow marine and Iwo Jima survivor returned battlefield mementos to family members of fallen Japanese soldiers. Nick was discharged in 1947 and joined the Marine Corps Reserves. In August, 1950, he was reactivated for the Korean War. After the war, he became an instructor for cold weather training and joined a training battalion in Bridgeport, California. He was promoted to Sgt Maj in 1970 and in 2004 inducted into the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Sgt Maj Zingaro was very active in many Veteran organizations including the Marine Corps League, American Legion Post 41, VFW Post 2893, Solvay Geddes Veterans, DAV, The Fleet Reserve Association and the 4th Marine Division Association. He has been recognized for his service with the Asiatic Pacific Medal, NYS Conspicuous Service Cross, National Defense Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iwo Jima Medal, Korean Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. In addition to his career as a Marine, Nick worked for the Department of Transportation, Design and Records for 58 years. He retired in December, 2011 at the age of 86. He reflects often on the many projects he was a part of and the friends he made and kept while there. Nick was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Christina Burns Zingaro, and his siblings, Carmella Plants, Anne Fantacone, Assunta Ranieri, Michael Zingaro, John Zingaro and Lucy Malvasi.

He is survived by his five children, Richard, of the Community Living Center at the VA, Michael of Solvay, Nicholas (Jane) of Cape Coral, FL., Lewis (Kitty) of Prince George, VA and Karen (Charles) Baracco of Onondaga Hill. His grandchildren, Danielle (Neil) Tardella, Sandra(Bill) Davis, Nicholas (Kerry) Zingaro, Nicole(Scott) Nettune, Charles(Lindsey) Baracco, Michael(Charlotte) Baracco, Michael, Nikki, Anthony, Janelle Zingaro, Jaclyn(Mark) Wesolaski, Jennifer (Graham)Tharp, Patricia (Travis) Gonzales, Christina (Korey) Wessel, Lewis and Zachary Zingaro. His great-grandchildren Marin and Astoria Davis, Bennett and Lara Nettune, Sailor and Fox Tardella, Isla, Laney and Esmae Baracco, Gianna and Blaise Wesolaski, Edmund and Owen Gonzales, Theodore Tharp and Natalie Wessel. His sister, Rose Fedrizzi, brother, Louis (Monica) Zingaro, sister-in-law, Anne Zingaro, brotherin-law, Joseph Ranieri, sister-in-law, Muriel Burns and several nieces and nephews.

Special thank you to dads compassionate caregivers Amber, Asia, Ebony, Kejah, Shallon, Aida and Michelle.

Funeral services will be held 8:45 am Friday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUNERAL HOME and 9:30 am at St. Cecilia Church, 1001 Woods Rd, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The Rite of Committal and burial with Military Honors will follow in Onondaga County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUNERAL HOME, 2601 Milton Ave. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of CNY, 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088 or Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, 6743 Kinne Street, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.

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