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Tony Marincola | Photo: Leon Worden/SCVTV

Anthony Guy “Tony” Marincola, a Purple Heart recipient in World War II who served with the 17th Airborne Division – and a fixture at all Santa Clarita Valley events honoring military personnel – died Friday. He was 96.

“Tony” is predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Genevieve, who died Aug. 15.

He will be missed at Monday’s Veterans Day ceremony. Even those who did not know him might recognize him from the cover of the 2004 book, “One Day in the Life of Santa Clarita,” published by the SCV Historical Society and the SCV Photographers Association.

A proper obituary will follow on SCVHistory.com. Services are being handled by Eternal Valley Mortuary in Newhall. In the meantime, the following information comes from a 2009 edition of the 17th Airborne Division Association’s newsletter:

 

Anthony “Tony” Marincola, 194-B, was born on 21 April 1917 in Watertown, NY. He graduated from Watertown High School in June 1935.

Volunteering into the army in April 1943, he became a glider trooper with the 17th Airborne Division. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded on 19 January 1945 to receive a Purple Heart medal. When the war ended, he was transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon his discharge, he moved to Niagara Falls, NY, to manage several retail stores. He moved to California in 1959 and worked for the Six Flags Amusement Park in California and retired in 1984. He married Genevieve Gingo in June 1940 and they have two daughters, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Tony was President of the 17th Airborne Association in 1961-1962, a very stable and dedicated trooper with a very dedicated wife. When you see Tony, you will always see Genevieve. PFC Tony Marincola, in his first day of combat while serving with the 17th Airborne, during the coldest winter of the century. He was one of 200 troopers holding a place called “Dead Man’s Ridge” near Bastogne in Belgium. German Panzers came with a heavy artillery barrages that decimated his group of 200 men down to only 32. It was a battle of tanks against foot soldiers and German 88 artillery against M-1 rifles. Days later, in the ensuing attack against the Germans, a mortar shell wounded Tony and killed his Lieutenant.

Tony was hospitalized in the hospital as the battle raged on to become the bloodiest battle engaged by the US Army to suffer 80,000 casualties of World War II biggest land battle involving the US Army. Tony received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for heroism . Tony enlisted in 1942 when he was married to Genevieve since 1935. After the war, Tony and Genevieve settle in Niagara Falls, the honeymoon site of all lovers. In 1959, they moved to Van Nuys, California, where Tony worked for Lockheed, but he eventually was employed at the Six Flags Magic Mountain from where he retired. He had attended 50 of our 54 reunions and was our 1961-1962 Association President.

Every year on Memorial Day, he donned his woolen army uniform, which still fits him, and stands at attention to pay tribute in remembrance of all those who had fallen in battle and those who had served.

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5 Comments

  1. A true hero…who will be missed. Condolences to his family and all who knew him. (BTW, the grammar, misspellings and writing in that article is terrible and should be an embarrassment to The Signal. Surely The Signal can get someone else to write your articles.)

    • Sharon Ventrice says:

      Elena Michaels… maybe you shouldn’t throw stones… you obviously didn’t read the whole article because the Signal had nothing to do with it (clearly stated that the article was from the 17th Division Ariborne Assoc. newsletter… also it is ARE terrible (you have a list).

    • SCVNews.com says:

      Traffic signal? Train signal? Unclear what sort of a signal you’re talking about, but we reprinted something published by the now-defunct 17th Airborne Division Association, grammatical warts and all. The family is drafting an obituary, which we will be honored to publish in the obituary section of SCVHistory.com (where it will reside forever), and we’re confident the copy will be clean.

  2. Sharon Ventrice says:

    Thank you for posting this article about Tony. He will be sorely missed,especially tomorrow at the Veterans Historical Plaza. Prayers to the families of Tony and Genevieve.

  3. Terri Shelden says:

    My grandfather would not have cared much about the grammatical errors. He would have been thrilled by the acknowledgement and respect shown for his service, continued support, and his passing. Thank you for sharing the article. His visitation will be at Eternal Valley this Friday, Nov. 15th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 6. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 16th, at St. Clare’s Catholic Parish at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment at Eternal Valley, with full Military Honors. Again, thank you for your article, and for sharing the news of his passing. We will miss both my grandparents so very much.

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