Ron "New York/New Yorker" Coronato was in the 1st Platoon 1969-70





STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Ronald F. Coronato, 66, of Annadale, a retired flooring maintenance worker and decorated Vietnam veteran, died Monday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.

The lifelong Staten Islander was born in Rosebank and grew up in Great Kills. He moved to Annadale 24 years ago.

Mr. Coronato graduated from Tottenville High School.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the 12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, and saw duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He retired in 2001 after working in floor maintenance for 16 years.

Mr. Coronato enjoyed playing baseball, fishing and listening to rock and roll music.

Surviving are his son, Ronald J.; his brother, Frank, and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday from the Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Clare's R.C. Church, both in Great Kills. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

I liked "New York" a lot. He was always good for a laugh because he had lots of funny stories and funny ways of looking at things. Guys I know from New York are solid! (Like Rag Rinaldi) He was a man to count on. I last saw him at the first D.C. reunion in 2006, and spent some time talking with him. He said he was in poor health, yet he made it to the reunion. I'm glad that he lived 10 years after that! He was a good buddy. Pineapple.



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