Legislators approve bill to rename Michigan post office after fallen Marine

Published On: Nov 29 2012 07:22:28 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 29 2012 07:25:42 PM EST

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The U.S. House of Representative approved a bill on Thursday to rename a Macomb Post Office after a Marine from Michigan who died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller introduced the legislation to rename the post office, located on Samohin Drive, in remembrance of Lance Corporal DiLisio.

The 20-year-old from Macomb Twp. died May 30, 2010

DiLisio was killed while on patrol after he was shot once in the head by a group of enemy fighters. 

Despite his superiors telling him he could have the day off, DiLisio volunteered to work that night he died.

 "I am honored to have sponsored this measure to pay respects and remembrance to Lance Corporal Anthony DiLisio, a son of Macomb Township, and pleased that today the House passed the measure renaming a Macomb post office in his honor," Miller said. "It is wholly appropriate that the House took this action today to honor Lance Corporal DiLisio who gave his life in service to America and those men and women with whom he served alongside.  Our nation has been very fortunate for these brave citizens such as Lance Corporal DiLisio who have answered our nation’s call and defended our freedoms.  We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by Lance Corporal DiLisio and the loss borne by all those who knew him.  My thoughts will remain with the members of Lance Corporal Anthony DiLisio’s family and I thank them for their assistance and guidance in this effort."

Dilisio's girlfriend, 20-year-old Rachel Ketelhut of St. Clair Shores, told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that the Dakota High School graduate who joined the Marines in 2008 went on the patrol despite being told he could "take the day off."

"He didn't want that. He wanted to go," Ketelhut said. "He liked the action. He was stubborn, he was a leader."

Ketelhut said she was told that DiLisio and two other comrades were about 25 yards outside the camp when a van of enemy fighters fired upon them. The enemy was killed in an ensuing shootout, Ketelhut said.

"He loved the Marine Corps. He loved fighting. He loved being a hero. He wanted to be a hero," Ketelhut said.

DiLisio was part of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He had been deployed to Afghanistan in December and was scheduled to return to the U.S. in July, Ketelhut said.

DiLisio's sister, Lisa Lia, said his family didn't want him to serve.

"We fought tooth and nail to keep him here, but he wouldn't stay," she said. "He had this drive. He was a fighter with a big heart."

"The fact that he was very personable with a big warm heart," DiLisio's uncle Dave DiLisio said comforts him. "He would do anything for people. Despite having an easy life with his family business and things of that nature, he chose his own path to be his own person."

DiLisio graduated from Dakota High School in Macomb Township and enlisted in the Marines shortly after finishing school. 

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