ALOYSIUS P MCGONIGAL
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HONORED ON PANEL 39E, LINE 75 OF THE WALL

ALOYSIUS PAUL MCGONIGAL

WALL NAME

ALOYSIUS P MCGONIGAL

PANEL / LINE

39E/75

DATE OF BIRTH

11/08/1921

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WASHINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

District Of Columbia

STATE

DC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ALOYSIUS PAUL MCGONIGAL
POSTED ON 9.29.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

Comforted the wounded during the battle of Hue

Father Aloysius P. McGonigal
Tacony, Philadelphia

The 46-year-old Roman Catholic priest, the sixth of 12 children, grew up in Tacony and was one of seven men from the neighborhood to die in Vietnam. Six of the seven, including McGonigal attended St. Leo’s Elementary School at Keystone and Unruh streets. McGonigal enjoyed studying foreign languages and loved music and sports, especially tennis, baseball and basketball. He graduated from Northeast Catholic High School and received degrees from Woodstock (Md.) College and Fordham University in New York City. He was attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., when he was
called into the Army Chaplain Corps. The major was assigned to units in Korea in 1962-63, and shipped out to Vietnam in December 1966 where he was first assigned to the 1st Infantry Brigade of the 9th Infantry Division, and later to Headquarters, US. Army Vietnam. He had a comfortable desk job at the USARV compound in Saigon, but seldom was there because of his devotion to the men in the field. McGonigal was killed on February 17, 1968, during the Battle of Hue in Thua Thien Province. He administered the last rites to dying soldiers and comforted the wounded through three days of intense fighting near Hue Citadel before being fatally wounded. McGonigal was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Survivors included several brothers and sisters.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
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POSTED ON 11.7.2001
POSTED BY: Michael G. Kullas

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