Anthony Joseph Denier MechanicvilleUS Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anthony Joseph Denier, 26, was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2012, in direct support of War on Terrorism/Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Born in Troy, NY, July 7, 1986, he was son of Mary Denier Morgan of Mechanicville, and Manuel Contreras of Miramar, FL. Anthony grew up and was educated in Mechanicville. Before entering military service, he had been a house and commercial painter. Early in 2011, Anthony fulfilled his life's dream, enlisting in the US Marine Corps on March 14th of that year. His unit was based in Camp Lejeune, NC. Anthony shipped out to Afghanistan on October 26th 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 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 all 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 was also predeceased by grandparents, Joseph and Cecelia Denier; and his uncle, Joseph Denier. Anthony will arrive at Albany International Airport on Monday, Dec. 10th at 11 a.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 Lance Cpl. Denier, Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 91, 427 So. Main St., Mechanicville. 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 Rd., 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 US Marine Corps and Anthony's family in this hero's funeral details. www.devito-salvadore fh.com to leave condolences and for directions.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Dec. 8, 2012