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Mario "Motts" Tonelli
Birth: Mar. 28, 1916
Death: Jan. 7, 2003

Star fullback for Notre Dame who survived the Bataan Death March during WWII. He was best known for a 77-yard run that helped Notre Dame beat the University of Southern California. At the beginning of the death march, a Japanese guard ordered him to remove his Notre Dame graduation ring only to have the ring returned moments later by a Japanese officer who said in perfect English that he had attended the USC game and watched the famous run. He spent 42 months as a POW and saw his weight drop from 212 pounds to only 92 pounds. He is a member of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. (bio by: Ron Moody) 
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Skokie
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Apr 23, 2003
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Mario Motts Tonelli
Added by: Ron Moody
 
Mario Motts Tonelli
Added by: Ron Moody
 
Mario Motts Tonelli
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- DENA ANN
 Added: Jan. 8, 2015
God bless you!
- Darlene T.
 Added: Jan. 7, 2015

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 Added: Jan. 7, 2015
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