U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anthony Joseph Denier, 26, was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2012, in direct support of the War on Terrorism/Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
Born in Troy, N.Y., July 7, 1986, he was the son of Mary Denier Morgan of Mechanicville, and Manuel Contreras of Miramar, Fla.
Anthony grew up and was educated in Mechanicville. Before entering military service, he had been a house and commercial painter.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anthony Joseph Denier
Early in 2011, Anthony fulfilled his life's dream, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps on March 14 of that year. His unit was based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Anthony shipped out to Afghanistan on October 26 of this year as a member of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines (Regional Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division Forward) of 2nd Marine Division.
Anthony loved the Marine Corps, and he was proud to follow in the military footsteps of many family members.
Survivors in addition to his parents include: two sisters, Maria (Bryan) Betts and Amy Denier both of Gloversville; aunts and uncles Patrick (Kathy Retell) Denier of Schaghticoke, John (Marianne) Denier of Mechanicville, Josephine Craft of Stillwater and Ann Denier of Mechanicville; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many boyhood friends, who called him "Baby D." He also was predeceased by grandparents Joseph and Cecelia Denier and his uncle Joseph Denier.
Anthony will arrive at Albany International Airport on Monday, Dec. 10, at 11a.m. After the ceremonial welcome, he will be transported to the city of Mechanicville, escorted by a host of city, county and state officials, and various veterans service organizations and the ever present Patriot Guard motorcycle detachment.
Visitation will be held for Lcpl Denier, Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 91, 427 S. Main St., Mechanicville.
A funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 91.
Burial with full military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, in respectful memory of Lcpl Anthony J. Denier.
DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home has been honored to assist the U.S. Marine Corps and Anthony's family in this hero's funeral details.
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