New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

GARY M. MARTORELLA

Hometown:
Bayonne

County:
Hudson

Status:
KIA

Rank:
LCPL

Branch of Service:
Marines

Country of Incident:
SVN

Date of Casualty:
May 31, 1968

Date of Birth:
Mar 01, 1947

Gary M. Martorella was born in New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Martorella. He had two brothers, Bernard and Salvatore.  The family later moved to Bayonne, NJ.  His home of record is Bayonne, NJ.  Gary attended St. Vincent's School and was a 1965 graduate of Bayonne High School where he was active in sports. 

Martorella enlisted in the US Marine Corps in December 1966, where he attained the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL). 

Martorella served in Vietnam for three months before being killed on May 31, 1968, in Quang Tri, South Vietnam, while serving as a machine gunner with the 3rd Marine Division.

Martorella received a citation from Nguyen Van Thieu, president of South Vietnam, awarding the Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross with Palm.

Sources: Newspaper clippings and NJVVMF.

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