COL Anthony John Adessa

COL Anthony John Adessa

Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 18 Jun 2020 (aged 88)
San Marcos, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 211795944 · View Source
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Colonel Anthony John Adessa February 22, 1932 - June 18, 2020 San Marcos

--Born in Newark, NJ to Italian immigrants Anthony John Adessa became a Golden Gloves Boxer receiving a Boxing Scholarship to the University of Alabama. While there he also ran the Mile for the University and was in ROTC, joining the US Army upon Graduation in 1953. Colonel Anthony John Adessa, served his country with distinction. As a master aviator he piloted Huey Gunships in three combat tours, Korea & Vietnam 1966 & 1970. While commander of a large US Army Helicopter Battalion on his third combat tour Anthony flew most every mission, living his motto "Never ask anyone to do what you wouldn't do yourself". His commendations include The Legion of Merit, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal V Device, 14 air medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Army of Occupation Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Civil Actions Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. In 1971 the Colonel served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. and later as the Director of Combat Development, Ft. Bliss TX.

Retiring in 1978 Anthony led a life of supporting local organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America & the American Legion among others. Survived & Loved by his wife Emma (Susie) Adessa of San Marcos, CA, his two sons Blane Adessa of Cardiff by the Sea, CA & Frank Adessa of Sunnyvale, CA & daughter Kathleen (Kiki) Adessa of Encinitas, CA and two grandsons Anthony Adessa & Christian Adessa. Anthony loved watching Alabama Football with family, friends & alumni especially at the 55 Yard Line in San Marcos, CA. Col. Adessa will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Roll Tide Colonel!

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jun. 25, 2020.

*** A volunteer reports that Col Adessa is not yet buried in this cemetery as of October 11, 2020. There is probably a waiting list for the formal burials at this time, due to Covid problems. Check with the cemetery for details on that.

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  • Added: 25 Jun 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 211795944
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for COL Anthony John Adessa (22 Feb 1932–18 Jun 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 211795944, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Zoe Tom (contributor 47000374) .