Remembering the Life and Memory of...
WO1 Paul G. Innocenzi III
Hometown: Trenton, NJ/Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ.
Died: October 23rd, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Unit: 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team - BLT 1/8)
Incident: Died of injuries from a suicide truck bomb attack on the Marine Barracks.
WO1 Paul G Innocenzi III was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. He graduated from St. Anthony's High School before entering into the Corps. He was born on Veteran's Day..11/11/55....his brother Mark brought his body back from Dover on 11/11/83.
The Beirut barracks bombing (October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon) occurred during the Lebanese Civil War, when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing, but that organization is thought to have been a nom de guerre for Hezbollah—or a group that would later become part of Hezbollah—receiving help from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Suicide bombers detonated each of the truck bombs. In the attack on the American Marines barracks, the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and three Army soldiers, along with sixty Americans injured, representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.[dead link]In addition, the elderly Lebanese custodian of the Marines' building was killed in the first blast. The explosives used were equivalent to 5,400 kg (12,000 pounds) of TNT.
In the attack on the French barracks, the eight-story 'Drakkar' building, two minutes after the Marine attack, 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment were killed and 15 injured, in the single worst military loss for France since the end of the Algerian War.
The blasts led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon, where they had been stationed since the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization following the Israeli 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
Gold Star Mother Marie E. Innocenzi
Marie E. Innocenzi BEACH HAVEN - Marie E. Innocenzi, 80, of Beach Haven, entered into God's care on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, NJ. Born in Trenton, Marie was a lifelong area resident prior to moving to Long Beach Island, where she resided for the past 10 years. She was a graduate of Cathedral High in Trenton. Marie was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Long Beach Island. She was a member of Department of New Jersey American Gold Star Mothers. Predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Agnes Bresnen; her devoted loving son, Chief Warrant Officer II Paul G. Innocenzi III, USMC; two sisters, Virginia Maher and Gloria Onofri; and her brother, James Bresnen, she is survived by her loving, caring husband, Paul G. Innocenzi Jr. of Long Beach Island, NJ; two sons, Mark J. Innocenzi and his partner, Joseph Brancato, of Columbus, Ohio, and Scott F. Innocenzi and wife, Kathleen, of Hainesport, NJ; her daughter-in-law, Deborah Innocenzi, of Hamilton, NJ; five grandchildren, Paul Innocenzi IV, Kristin Marie Burrows, Megan Innocenzi, Brian Innocenzi and Kevin Innocenzi; two great-grandchildren, Paul V and Michael Innocenzi; one brother, Joseph Bresnen, of Delran, NJ; two sisters, Joanne Koval of Jacobstown, NJ, and Sister Agnes Saint Joseph, OFM of Glen Riddle, PA. - See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/trenton/obituary.aspx?pid=159849472#sthash.3YmSQMe0.dpuf
Gold Star Father Paul G. Innocenzi, Jr.
Paul G. Innocenzi, Jr, 83, of Beach Haven entered into God's loving care on Monday, June 27, 2016 at home in Beach Heaven surrounded by his loving family. Born in Trenton, he was a lifelong area resident before moving to Long Beach Island 14 years ago. Paul served in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed by Trenton Public School System as Chief of Security retiring in 1990. Paul was a member of the American Legion and was part of a Goldstar Family. He loved to spend time with his family especially his grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Paul G. Sr. and Anna (Zupko) Innocenzi; his beloved son, Chief Warrant Officer Paul G. Innocenzi III; and a brother Robert Innocenzi; he is survived by two sons, Mark J. Innocenzi and husband Joseph Brancato, and Scott F. Innocenzi and wife Kathleen; one sister Doris Short; a daughter-in-law Deborah Innocenzi; five grandchildren, Paul IV, Kristen, Megan, Brian and Kevin; three great grandchildren, Paul V , Michael, Brooke and companion Peggy Immordino. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1 at St. Anthony Church, 626 South Olden Avenue, Hamilton, Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamilton. Calling hours will be Friday, July 1, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the church. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Paul's memory may be made to NJ Run for the Fallen, 27 Evergreen Drive, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 or the charity of your choice . Please visit Paul's tribute page @ www.derricofuneralhome.com Published in The Trentonian on June 29, 2016.