Apr. 11, 1946 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Mar. 5, 1966 Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Cpl Aviles Jr#2031580 MOS:0311 Rifleman.
Anibal was born in Mayaquez,Puerto Rico.He moved to New York with his mother.His father stayed in Puerto Rico. "Anibal was one of a gang of kids on the block that were born to be Marines.We played Iwo Jima on the snowhills and dug foxholes in the snow.Anibal was Sgt Stryker. Anibal returned home from his first tour and died during his second tour.A total of six neighborhood kids became Marines and only one paid the supreme price." Anibal enlisted in the Marines 17 April 1963, six days after his 17th birthday. Arriving in Vietnam he was assigned to Mike Company,3rd Battalion,1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division Anibal died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back,during combat from hostile forces small arms fire,at Chau Nagai(4),Hill 50, 10 kilometers south southwest of Binh Son, while participating in Operation Utah,which was the first major encounter with the regular heavily armed and trained NVA,21st Regiment. Anibal was single and served his country for 2 years,4 months and 14 days.KIA#3,240. Tour of duty date unknown. He was 19 years,10 months and 22 days old. Anibal was buried with full military honors 16 March 1966. Survived by his mother;Celeste Aviles of 71 W 109th St,New York,NY and his father; Anibal Felipe Aviles Sr of PO Box 392,Corozal,Puerto Rico.
A plaque honoring Anibal was placed on the Booker T Washington Playground.A playground on 108th Street,between Amesterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue was named after him.