Edward Bruno

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps


F Company
2nd Battalion
3rd Marine Regiment
3rd Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 31, 1969
Buried at: Locustwood Cemetery
                  Route 70 and Cooper Landing Road
                  Cherry Hill. New Jersey
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

LANCE CORPORAL EDWARD BRUNO was born on January 2, 1948 in Long Beach, Nassau County, New York. Edward Bruno attended Long Beach High School in New York, where he played on the football and lacrosse teams. He graduated from high school in June 1966. His family lived in New York until his family moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1966.

He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in September of 1966. Bruno trained at Camp Lejeune, NC, and completed several tours of duty in the Mediterranean. He attained the rank of Lance Corporal.

On his birthday, January 2, 1969 Lance Corporal Bruno called home to tell his family that he had received orders to go to Vietnam. When he arrived in Vietnam he was assigned to Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.

Lance CorporalEdward Bruno was killed by rocket fire while on a ridge about 8 kilometers North-North-East of Thon Khe known as The Rockpile, during Operation Idaho Canyon on August 7, 1969. He was survived by his mother and stepfather, Marie and Julius Goodstein, a sister, Vicki, a half-sister, Jodi, and two step-sisters.

Lance Corporal Bruno was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He was brought back to New Jersey and was buried at Locustwood Cemetery in Cherry Hill.

is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on Panel 20W, Line 106.

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 14, 1969

Cherry Hill Youth - Marine Dies In Vietnam

A Cherry Hill, NJ Marine who shipped out for Vietnam on his birthday was killed last Thursday in a rocket attack. Julius Goodstein, 412 Kingston Road, said he was notified Tuesday that his stepson, Lance Corporal Edward Bruno, had died after being wounded in an attack. 

Corporal Bruno lived in the New York area until his family moved to Cherry Hill in 1966. He graduated from Long Beach, New York High School in June 1966, and enlisted the following September. He trained at Camp Lejuene, NC and served several tours of duty in the Mediterranean. He was home for a month's leave in November and was then sent to California. On Christmas he called home and said he was being sent to Vietnam January 2, his birthday. Surviving with his stepfather are his mother, Marie a sister, Vikki a half-sister, Jodi and two step-sisters, Mrs. Albert Fulvi and Mrs. Kenneth Allen." 

I fought alongside Bruno that hot summer on the DMZ, I was sadden the day he was killed. He was a great squad leader.

Carson Fagan
April 5, 2015