Vietnam Veterans of Port RichmondPosted on 11/6/15 - by Lou Lupo firstname.lastname@example.orgWe gathered together a few years ago after another of our brothers in arms had passed. A group of North Catholic graduates and friends who at one time resided in Port Richmond decided to erect a plaque to honor all veterans and especially those who we knew who lived in the neighborhood.Finally we will install and dedicate this monument this Sunday Nov. 8th.MORE
I do remember you because I I was a grade school crosswalk "safety" guard at the corner of Somerset and Thompson where you once lived. I saw your parents on several occasions at The Wall in Philly and D.C.I am also a Vietnam Veteran '67-69. I will place a laminated photo of you beneath our 2,700 lb. granite monument and we will remember you at this solemn ceremony. "Never Forgotten"
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/19/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear PFC Leonard Salvatore Pelullo, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 3/25/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weepMORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
We RememberPosted on 2/17/05 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgLeonard is buried at Beverly Nat Cem.
Area Soldier, Pilot Are Killed in ActionPosted on 9/12/03 - by Jim McIlhenneyA 21-year-old Army private from Port Richmond died Monday in Vietnam, the defense Department announced Wednesday.MORE
Pfc. Leonard S. Pelullo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore L., of 2631 E. Somerset st., died after being hit by small-arms fire in a landing zone. He was attached to the 7th Cavalry Airmobile Division, 5th Battalion, Company A.
Pfc. Pelullo, a June, 1963, graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, was employed two years in the office of Lenny and Pete Lumber Co., 11th and Bainbridge sts. He was drafted in October, 1965, his family said, and was sent to Vietnam last August.
He is survived by his father, a display artist for Arrow Display, 750 W. Allegheny ave.; his mother, Mary; a brother, Richard, 18; two sisters, Donna, 13, and Angela, 10; and his grandmothers, Mrs. Leonard Pelullo and Mrs. Rosalie Petaccio.
Photo and article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on February 16, 1967. The pilot mentioned in the article was Army Warrant Officer Rudolph F. Dungee, of Phoenixville, PA.
One of Philadelphia PA's 630 fallen sons.Posted on 5/11/03 - by Jim McIlhenneyPhoto was taken from the Philadelphia Daily News of October 26, 1987. The special supplement entitled, 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' was published in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.MORE
Memory honored in a pizza parlorPosted on 10/3/02 - by Robert GreerLeonard S. PelulloMORE
Somerset Street, Port Richmond
“Lenny” Pelullo carried an old-fashioned silver certificate dollar bill in his wallet for years, recalled Vincent Tacconelli, a neighbor who operates a pizza parlor a few doors from the Pelullo home. When the young man received orders for Vietnam, Tacconelli warned him about carrying the currency into the war zone. “He was such a nice guy. We wanted to kid him a little bit,” Tacconelli said. “We told Lenny if he was captured with the silver certificate, the Viet Cong. would think it was map and try him as a spy.” So before leaving for Vietnam, Pelullo turned the currency over to him for safekeeping. Hearing news of Pelullo’s death, Tacconelli tried to return the dollar to Pelullo’s parents. They told him he should keep it, and since that day it has hung in a frame on the wall of his pizza parlor. Pelullo was an altar boy at Mother of Divine Grace Roman Catholic Church and a 1963 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School. He was active in Port Richmond baseball and basketball leagues and worked for a lumber company before entering the Army in October 1965. The 21-year-old private first class, a machine gunner, was assigned to Company A of the 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Pelullo was killed on February 13, 1967, during a Viet Cong assault on a 1st Air Calvary command post north of Bong Son in Binh Dinh Province.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
Leonard S. Pelullo - May he rest in peace forever morePosted on 2/13/01Leonard Pelullo died 34 years ago today. He was hit as he and other members of the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division left a helicopter.MORE
He was a quiet kid, clean cut, and shorter than most of the other boys in school, all of which helped him stand out and be noticed as a good, decent person.
He was a member of the Class of 1963 at Northeast Catholic High School for Boys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which for years had held its commencement exercises at Convention Hall, the site in the mid-1970s of the boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed in Sylvester Stallone's movie "Rocky".
Many boys from North Catholic had gone on to serve their country proudly. The names of those who never returned, are read over the PA system at the high school during home period on the Friday before Memorial Day
In Leonard Pelullo America lost a good person with enormous potential. May he rest in peace forever more.
Never forgottenPosted on 2/13/01 - by Jose[Joe] SanchezMy name is Jose [Joe] Sanchez. Leonard [Lenny] Pelullo, and I served in A company 5/7 th Cavalry, First Cavalry, Viet Nam.MORE
He was a young, pleasant man, that wanted to serve his country and come back home to his family.
I had the honor of meeting his father, mother, and one of his sisters, after so many years had gone by. He lost his life while defending a perimeter around the company command post north of Bong Son, Republic of Viet Nam,when they were attacked by enemy force. The sguad was successful in defending their position; but, regretfully, Lenny was mortally wounded in the battle. Lenny, like all the men and women who died serving this great country of ours, will never be forgotten. And may the good Lord continue to bless and protect the good old U.S.A.
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.