In Memory of
Vincent R. Condelario
Martin, South Dakota
June 8, 1920 – November 21, 1943
Killed in Action in Tarawa
Vincent R. Condelario was born on June 8, 1920, in
Martin, South Dakota. Born to Peter and Nancy Moran Condelario, Vincent was the
youngest of ten children. Vincent’s sister, Alberta Pourier wrote, “He was
handsome, well spoken, and had many friends. He was a good student and enjoyed
sports.” Attending St. Francis Mission High School in St. Francis, South
Dakota, Vincent graduated as vale-dictorian. Then Vincent went to college in
Denver, Colorado, but left college in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Condelario trained at the
San Diego, California base. After he completed his training, Vincent was sent
to the Pacific theater of operations along with his company, 1st Btn,
8th Marines. Pfc. Condelario engaged in combat at Guadalcanal before
Tarawa Island in the Pacific.
Marine Pfc. Vincent
Condelario was wounded in the landing on Tarawa and died of wounds the following
day. Vincent was buried in a mass grave on Tarawa. He was posthumously awarded
the Purple Heart and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu
Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
ribbon bar with two stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WW II Victory
Vincent’s sister, Alberta,
said, “Vincent was a very serious young man and had many dreams and ambitions
for his future.”
We will not forget the
service of Marine Vincent R. Condelario.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Aaron
Erickson, Chrissy Antuna, and Sam Reede, 8th Grade West, Spearfish
Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, December 4, 2000. Information for this
entry was provided by Alberta C. Pourier, Rushville, Nebraska, sister of Marine
Pfc. Vincent R. Condelario.