To Gunnery Sgt. John Guglielmino, his last wish, in his later days, was to have his fellow veterans at his bedside. Surrounded by family and friends, the Vietnam vet died in peace at the age of 69.

Guglielmino died after suffering a stroke. His daughter, Katherine Boccanelli, made a social media request asking people to pay him a visit and the community responded. More than 200 visits from local veterans at his bedside. 

“I just want to thank them so much for being apart of his final days the salutes the handshakes, the hugs, the prayers,” Boccanelli said.

For his daughter and grandchildren, it’s overwhelming sadness and heartbreak as Guglielmino had been the rock their for their whole lives.

As Boccanelli prepares for her father’s funeral, she is hoping for the community’s support one last time.

“We lost my mom a few years ago so there is not a lot of families if our extended military would like to come to pay their final respects nothing would make me happier,” Boccanelli said.

She has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses or show their support.

Guglielmino served more than 17 years with the United States Marine Corps and completed multiple tours in Vietnam. He was also recognized with a special medal from local Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford’s office, according to 11 ALIVE

Services will be held at CrossRoads to Victory Church in Raiford. The day and time are still pending.

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