MACOMB, MI, USA
LCPL, 1ST BN, 6TH MAR, (RCT-7 I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN 05/30/2010
A 20-year-old Marine from Macomb Township died Sunday in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Lance Corporal Anthony Dilisio was supporting combat operations in Helmand Province.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
“They stopped to check on a truck. They were ambushed and a battle ensued,” David Dilisio said this morning about his nephew, who served as a mortar man.
Anthony Dilisio, a graduate of Dakota High School who swam and played football and baseball, enlisted approximately two years ago and was deployed in December, according to David Dilisio. He was scheduled to come home at the end of July or early August.
“He was a people person and he was always compelled to give back in some way,” David Dilisio recalled. “He wanted to serve in some capacity, whether it was as a firefighter or a police officer or a Marine, which to him was the pinnacle.”
Anthony Dilisio’s father, Lorenzo, himself an Army veteran, and two of Anthony’s five siblings, flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and are scheduled to return with the body to Selfridge Air National Guard Base on Friday, according to David Dilisio. He’ll be buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Anthony Dilisio, who was engaged to be married, also enjoyed golf and music, his uncle said.
“He was a very personable guy,” he added. “He had a big heart. He had a lot of friends. There are a lot of kids in the family, who looked up to him.