In Memory of
Marine Pfc.
Vincent R. Condelario
Martin, South Dakota
Shannon County
June 8, 1920 – November 21, 1943
Killed in Action in Tarawa

Vincent R. Condelario

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 Medal.

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.