JOHN R ANELI
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 85 OF THE WALL

JOHN ROBERT ANELI

WALL NAME

JOHN R ANELI

PANEL / LINE

24E/85

DATE OF BIRTH

10/15/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/07/1967

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR JOHN ROBERT ANELI
POSTED ON 3.23.2005
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - October 6, 1967

Bill to Make GI a Citizen

More than anything else Pvt. John R. Aneli of Collingdale, Delaware county, wanted to be an American citizen.
Now that he is dead a bill is being introduced in Congress to make the Italian-born casualty of the Vietnam war an American citizen postumously.
Pvt. Aneli and his parents came to this country in 1956. There was a matter of learning a language, finding employment and learning the new way of life.
The Aneli's never got around to applying for citzenship...but they are now. John loved his adopted country and although he was draft-exempt he enlisted in the Army 2 1/2 years ago.
More than a year ago Pvt. Aneli was killed in Vietnam. He was 22. "That was his ambition...to become a citizen," Mrs. Aneli told Rep. Lawrence G. Williams, Delaware county Republican.
Williams said Thursday he expected the special legislation declaring Aneli a citizen to sail through Congress by December.
"We are indebted to this young man who volunteered to serve his adopted country for which he gave his life," Williams added.
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POSTED ON 11.20.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

Army radio telephone operator and cannoneer

John R Aneli
West Lynbrook Road, Lansdowne, Delaware County

Aneli came to the United States from Italy while still a young boy. He fell in love with America. He enlisted in the Army in August 1966 after graduating from Monsignor Bonner High School, and began the long process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The private first class, a radio telephone operator and cannoneer with B Battery of the 18th Battalion, 6th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, died August 7, 1967, in Vietnam after being hit by an Army truck. He was 20 years old. Aneli was posthumously granted citizenship four months later. He was survived by his parents and a sister.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
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