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Robert L Moscillo


Sandra Moscillo, Robert’s sister said her brother joined the Marines early last year and was sent to Iraq in February. Moscillo said her brother enlisted to serve his country.

He was a good kid, loved his friends and family, she said.

He is the son of Frank Moscillo of Beverly, MA. and Donna Moscillo of Salem, N.H., respectively. A brother, David, 20, is in training with the Marines and another brother, Joseph, is a senior at Salem High.

Miss Moscillo, 23, described her brother as an athletic, spiritual young man who was considering a career in the church after the Marines. He had aspirations of attending Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy. The Reverend Dennis Scott explained that Robert came to the point where he decided he needed to settle down and establish some priorities. He felt the Lord had been talking to him about becoming a pastor.

This young Marine from Salem, N.H. was remembered Friday as a lovable rogue who couldn’t resist a bit of trouble, but matured into a gentleman’s Marine.

Lance Cpl. Robert Louis Moscillo, 21, was a combat engineer assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Division.

Bobby was a brother, a friend, a loved one, and most of all a father figure to my family, his younger brother, Joseph, in a brief eulogy. Everyone said Bobby promised them he would come back. But he never wanted to return like this.

A 2003 high school graduate, Moscillo was a sports fanatic, a member of his high school wrestling team and kept a decent grade point average. He was the kind of boy who tried hard all the time, said teacher Maureen Ouellette. He had ambition to get out of Salem and be something more than just a high school graduate.

Moscillo lived with The Reverend Scott during his high school years, at the request of his mother, a single parent struggling to handle her rebellious son.

Scott last saw Moscillo days before he went to Iraq. We talked about the possibility of his not coming back, Scott said. And Bob said, ‘I want to come back, but if I go to heaven, I’m ready.’

Lance Cpl. Robert Moscillo, 21, is the ninth serviceman from New Hampshire killed in Iraq. The Humvee in which he was traveling hit a land mine and he was killed. Everyone else was wounded, Sandra Moscillo, Robert’s sister said Wednesday.


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