Volunteers Help 96 Year Old Veteran


Members of a group called Warrior Outreach are doing just that; reaching out to help a warrior in need.

Volunteers are doing some much needed landscaping and organizing items inside the home of 96-year old Master Sergeant Vincent Melillo an original member of the famed Merrill’s Marauders.

The unit was an Army long range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit.
It became famous for their missions deep behind enemy lines, often engaging Japanese forces superior in number.  The unit started with 3,000 men in 1943 and after marching 1,000 miles were left with only 130 men the next year who could be considered combat effective.

Melillo was one of those men- and today talked about what it meant to him to have the warrior outreach foundation help him out around the house.  Master Seargent Melillo says, “It means 100 percent to me because what they’re doing out here I can’t do it by myself like I used to be able to do….and I just want to thank them for being here.” Master Sergeant Vincent Melillo was not only an original member of the Merrill’s Marauders during World War II, he also served in the Korean War, and inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.