Courtesy of his friends on the Internet:
Pete Bonacchi served on a Tango Boat with River Assault Squadron 11, Task Force 117, during 1966-1967. He was seriously wounded and lost a leg during a B-40 rocket attack on the brown waters of the Mekong Delta out of Dong Tam.
Pete died of cancer related to Agent Orange. He was well loved and well attended during his last days by his sister Barbara and many friends.
Pete was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, 26 February. His family and friends paid tribute.
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Peter Robert Bonacchi was born on 9 July 1947 and died on 21 February 1998.
A Tribute from Pete's friend, Joe Casal (VET66)
COME TO ME
God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be;
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to Me.”
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay;
With tearful eyes we watched you,
As you slowly passed away.
A Golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest;
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
MAY GOD HOLD YOUR SOUL IN HIS CORNER LOVE, YOUR BRO JOE
BONACCHI, PETER ROBERT
United States Navy
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/09/1947
DATE OF DEATH: 02/21/1998
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 7694
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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