Thomas Rielly

Born: Mon., Oct. 4, 1926
Died: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Mon., Jan. 30, 2017
Location: St. Clare Catholic Church


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MSgt Thomas Rielly, USAF (Ret), 90, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens. A United States Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, he participated in combat operations in the Pacific Theater on four campaigns: Consolidation of the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal); Treasury-Bougainville Operation (Bougainville); Bismarck Archipelago Operation (Green Islands); and the Okinawa Operations (Okinawa). Thomas was born on October 4, 1926, in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1942, at the age of 15, he joined the USMC and was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. After graduating from training in 1942, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing supporting the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Guadalcanal. In 1950, he again answered the call of duty and was re-called to active service with the USMC during the Korean Conflict. He later joined the United States Air Force where he served as an Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent and Japanese Language Interpreter/Interrogator, retiring in 1974. Master Sergeant Rielly served God and Country in the United States Military for over 30 years. Thomas Rielly was a courageous, brave, and loyal Marine and Airman, as well as a patient and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his daughter, Maureen (Tim) Mylott; his sons, Timothy Rielly, LTC Thomas J. Rielly, USA (Ret), and wife, Chongson; Patrick M. Rielly, USA Veteran, and wife, Kelly; Sean Rielly; six grandchildren, CPT Thomas W. Rielly, USA; Kristopher Rielly, Shannon Rielly, Kenneth Mylott, Kristy Mylott Smolski, Gregory Trautman (Rielly); three great-granddaughters; and his sister, Marie Higham. Thomas is preceded in death by his wife, Rita Rielly, nee Shippee, who is awaiting his arrival in Arlington National Cemetery with a bottle of Sake. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017, at St. Clare Catholic Church, North Palm Beach, with Rev. Fr. William D. O'Shea presiding. Committal Services and burial, with full Military Honors, will be in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post.

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