Never Forgotten: 3/9 Marines Remember Fallen Brother – Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

COMBAT OUTPOST HANSON, Afghanistan – It was a day of somber remembrance for servicemembers with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, as they attended a memorial service for Lance Cpl. Anthony Denier, Dec. 8, at Combat Outpost Hanson, Afghanistan.

In front of a formation of India Company Marines and sailors stood a battlefield cross, which consisted of an upside down rifle with a bayonet, a Kevlar helmet, a pair of boots and identification tags, all assembled to honor their fallen brother who died while conducting combat operations in Marjah, Afghanistan, Dec. 2.

“(Denier) will be missed, but surely never forgotten because we will at all times hold him, as well as his family, in our hearts,” said Lt. Col. Carl Cooper Jr., commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines.

Denier’s company commander, platoon sergeant and his peers reflected on their time spent with the India Company rifleman from Mechanicville, N.Y.

“He left us as he lived, protecting who he loved and putting their welfare before his own,” said Capt. James M. Geiger Jr., commanding officer, India Company. “I’m incredibly proud to have served with Lance Cpl. Denier, and I thank him for his courage and commitment to his brothers. To his family, we vow to always honor his memory and to always be there for you as members of our Marine family.”

Marines stood sharply at parade rest when 1st Lt. Kevin Murphy, Denier’s platoon commander, approached the podium to address the formation.

“There is no doubt that Anthony’s actions that day saved the lives of many Marines to his left and his right,” said Murphy. “I witnessed young men, in their prime, sacrificing everything for each other and with each other. I witnessed courage like this time and time again throughout the firefight. I am very proud of Anthony and his actions, for I know it is because of his sacrifice that the rest of us came home.”

Denier’s team leader, Lance Cpl. Robert Johnson, talked about his experiences and told stories about Denier and some of the things he will remember about him.

“I always knew I could ask him for advice,” said Johnson. “Being older than us, Denier had a lot of advice about life. I’m honored to have known such a great guy in my life and even more honored to have served beside him.”

Near the end of the ceremony, gunfire interrupted the silence, as the firing detail performed a three-volley salute to honor the fallen Marine.

After the service, Marines and sailors approached the battlefield cross, saying goodbye and rendering a salute as they remembered Denier’s life.






U.S. Marine Corps. Lance Corporal Anthony Joseph Denier-26




MECHANICVILLE – US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anthony Joseph Denier, 26, was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2012, in direct support of War on Terrorism/Operation Enduring Freedom,Afghanistan.

Born in Troy, NY, July 7, 1986, he was son of Mary Denier Morgan of Mechanicville, and Manuel Contreras of Miramar, Fla.

Anthony grew up and was educated in Mechanicville.  Before entering military service, he had been a house and commercial painter.

Early in 2011, Anthony fulfilled his life’s dream, enlisting in the US Marine Corps on March 14th of that year.  His unit was based in Camp Lejeune, NC. Anthony shipped out to Afghanistan on October 26th of this year, as a member of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines (Regional Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division Forward) of 2nd Marine Division.

Anthony loved the Marine Corps, and was proud to follow in the military footsteps of many family members.

Survivors in addition to his parents include two sisters: Maria (Bryan) Betts and Amy Denier all of Gloversville, aunts and uncles Patrick (Kathy Retell) Denier of Schaghticoke, John (Marianne) Denier of Mechanicville, Josephine Craft of Stillwater and Ann Denier of Mechanicville, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many boyhood friends, who called his “Baby D”. He was also predeceased by grandparents Joseph and Cecelia Denier and his uncle Joseph Denier.

Anthony will arrive at Albany International Airport on Monday, Dec. 10th at 11AM.  After the ceremonial welcome, he will be transported to the City ofMechanicville, escorted by a host of City, County and State officials, and various veterans service organizations and the ever present Patriot Guard motorcycle detachment.

Visitation will be held for Lcpl Denier, Monday from 3-7 PM at the American Legion Post 91, 427 So. Main St., Mechanicville.

Funeral Service will be Tuesday at 11 AM at American Legion Post 91.

Burial with full military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga NationalCemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville is scheduled for 1 PM Tuesday.

Remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas  66675, in respectful memory of Lcpl Anthony J. Denier.

DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home has been honored to assist the US Marine Corps and Anthony’s family in this hero’s funeral details. to leave condolences and for directions.