MECHANICVILLE - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Joseph Denier, 26, was killed in action Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in direct support of War on Terrorism/Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Born July 7, 1986, in Troy, 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.
Early in 2011, Anthony fulfilled his life's dream, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps March 14 of that year. His unit was based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Anthony shipped out to Afghanistan Oct. 26, 2012, as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines (Regional Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division Forward) of the 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 predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Cecelia Denier; and his uncle, Joseph Denier.
Anthony will arrive at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Albany International Airport. After the ceremonial welcome, he will be transported to the city of Mechanicville and escorted by a host of city, Saratoga County and New York state officials and various veterans service organizations and the ever-present Patriot Guard motorcycle detachment.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, for Lance Cpl. Denier at American Legion Post 91, 427 S. Main St., Mechanicville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at American Legion Post 91.
Burial with full military honors is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.
Remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, in respectful memory of Lance Cpl. 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.
Go to www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.
Published in The Saratogian on Dec. 9, 2012