Patrick P. Amell
Patrick P. Amell was born on March 17th, 1950, St. Patrick’s Day, to parents Isadore and Irene. He had a brother James and a sister Carole. He grew up in Bloomingdale, New York, and lived there until he was 18 years old and joined the United States Marine Core. Lance Corporal Patrick P. Amell was severely wounded on June 7th, 1969, while participating in the battle of “No Name Island” in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Patrick was struck with multiple fragment wounds all over his body and lost his right eye. Although wanting to be a lifelong career marine, he would need to retire at the age of 19 due to his disability from the wounds. After recovering physically, he married his wife Nancy and settled back in Bloomingdale. Patrick also has four children, Tricia, Kevin, Kelly, and Kristi. Patrick became a lifelong youth baseball coach and was renowned for his coaching ability in the Adirondacks of New York State. He led multiple teams to championships year after year. He loved fishing, hunting, and, of course, baseball. Patrick bravely fought the pain, both physically and emotionally, of the trauma he suffered in Vietnam. Almost 31 years to the day of being wounded, Patrick succumbed to those wounds on June 5th, 2000. He used to love to say, “Where there is a will, there’s a way.” His children strive to live by that maxim. Patrick will never be forgotten.