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Honor Mission

Alex J. Cichelli, Veteran


Geneseo, New York - 18 Apr 2017


We have been requested to stand in Honor of another decorated US Navy WWII Hero. Alex J. Cichelli of Retsof, NY passed away on April 10th at the age of 96. Mr. Cichelli enlisted in the US Navy in October 1942, and was one of the first enlistees to be processed through the Sampson Naval Training Center in Geneva. He served from 1942-1946, including extensive service aboard the USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) in the Pacific Theater. The USS Salt Lake City had the (unofficial) distinction of having taken part in more engagements than any other ship in the fleet, including naval support during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Mr. Cichelli was very proud of his part in keeping the ship's power plant functioning throughout these many campaigns by being in charge of the ship's machine shop, and at times he also provided fire control on the main deck. Mr. Cichelli was Honorably Discharged on 9 January 1946 with the rank of Chief Machinist's Mate (CMM) (Chief Petty Officer). For his WWII Naval Service to our Nation, CMM Cichelli was awarded: Navy Good Conduct Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Award; Navy Combat Action Ribbon; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/7 Campaign Stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/Bronze Star; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; WWII Victory Medal; Meritorious Mast. Mr. Cichelli was also a 70+ year American Legion Member in Retsof and Leicester.

Obituary: https://tinyurl.com/kowmxhs


Primary Staging Time: 8:00 A.M.
Rector-Hicks Funeral Home
111 Main Street
Geneseo, New York - 14454
(Next to Geneseo Police Dept.)
(Please park in Municipal Lot behind Funeral Home.)
Ride Captain:
Don Higgins
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Special Instructions:
Prayer Service at Funeral Home at 9:00 AM
Followed by Escort to
St. Lucy's Church
2770 Retsof Ave.
Retsof, NY 14539

Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM
Followed by Escort to
St. Mary's Cemetery
Crossett Road, Geneseo
Burial with Full Military Honors

Please do whatever you are able to Honor the WWII Naval Service of CMM Alex Cichelli, and to support his proud and loving family.
Please arrive on time with a clean 3x5 American Flag or a US Navy flag, and dress for the weather.
If you choose to ride, please ensure your large bike flags are properly placed and securely attached for the two escorts.

Don Higgins
Senior Ride Captain
PGRNY Region-1
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Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.


Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

Attn: Treasurer
PO Box 637
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590




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