July 8, 1944 – 68 Years Ago

July 16, 2012
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First Lt. Alexander Santilli, born and brought up in Everett and who played in the Sugar Bowl for Fordham University in 1942 (playing right tackle and blocking a punt in the game), died on Saipan this week 68 years ago. He was the victim of a sniper.

Santilli was a star athlete and a fearless Marine infantry officer, cut down in the prime of his life.

The leader of a machine gun platoon, Santilli’s platoon was literally blown up and he was suffering from shellshock but got his guys out of the battlezone – winning the Silver Star for heroism. He refused to be evacuated, was placed in a hospital, fled the hospital against orders and rejoined his men at the front.

A week later, he was killed by a sniper.

We recall his memory. His sacrifice should never be forgotten.