Alfred A. Chickilly

Sergeant (Ordnance)

Born: 7 June 1914; Summit Hill, PA
Education: Summit Hill High School; Temple University
Entered Marine Corps: February 24, 1942; Philadelphia, PA
Service #: 376471

Summary: After recruit training at Paris Island, was assigned to Ordnance School in Quantico, VA. There he became a specialist as a small arms armorer and aviation ordnance. He was assigned to VMF-112 in San Diego on August 12, 1942. He sailed from San Diego to Noumea, New Caledonia October 28, 1942. He flew to Henderson Field, Guadalcanal on November 3. There served as an armorer  to Paul Fontana and the VMF-112. He remained on Guadalcanal in combat action until January 2, 1943. He also served in Espiritu Santo. Stricken with malaria he was returned to New Caledonia to recover in a hospital. Soon after, he was returned to the states where he refused a medical discharge. He was then sent to recruiting school in Philadelphia and was promoted to recruiting Sergeant. He served as a Marine recruiter in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania for the remainder of the war. He was discharged on February 4, 1946.

Alfred had four brothers who served, one each, in the Army, Air Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Together the Chickilly brothers represented five branches of the military during World War II.

Following military service, Alfred attended Temple University on the G.I. Bill. He worked as a Supervisor on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and retired in 1972. He owned and operated a Christmas tree farm and business until his death. Alfred died suddenly and unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on April 15, 1999.

Survived By:

Elizabeth M. Chickilly
Son: Francis W. Chickilly

Elizabeth J. Pou

Two grandchildren

Predeceased by:
Alfred A. Chickilly, U.S.N.