“One Marine Can Make a Difference” is the motto of the Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation. Established as part of the Lawrence Community Foundation to provide non-profit 501(c)(3) tax deductible treatment for contributions received, the foundation was established to provide scholarships to further youth achievement, support of military and community needs, and information to educate citizens about the role veterans play in today’s society.
One Person Can Make A Difference
The mission of the Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation is to inform and inspire all Americans to realize that they too can make a difference.
Albert was a young man who grew up in small town in western Pennsylvania. He went to a city school and was a normal child who loved sports. He attended a local university and began the process of trying to find himself and his place in society. He had a burning desire inside to be the best person he could.
When the Twin Towers tragedy occurred on 9-11-2001, it greatly affected Albert. He had contemplated joining the Marine Corps in 2000, but did not do so. The 9-11 tragedy spurred him to take action and he joined the Marine Corps in the spring of 2002.
He began his career in the military Supply and Accounting. His first duty station was at Camp Geiger School of Infantry Supply Depot as a supply clerk. He became very dissatisfied, and felt he was not contributing to the Marine Corps as he truly could. He tried out for Recon and changed his MOS to infantry and was placed in a combat unit in 2003.
He was deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan from fall 2004 to spring 2005 at the American Embassy as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine, Fox Company.
On Memorial Day 2005 he came home on leave and married his sweetheart. He returned to Afghanistan for combat deployment in September. He was killed in action on January 5, 2006 while on patrol in Fallujah. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor for his actions on that day.
He has been honored and recognized in various ways since his death.
January 5, 2006: Fallujah, Iraq
A squad led by Cpl. Gettings linked up with another squad in an attempt to flush out an enemy sniper. In the battle, Cpl. Gettings was hit by gunfire and fell. As another Marine came to his assistance, he was also wounded. Cpl. Gettings struggled to his feet, returned fire to protect the wounded Marine and issued orders to help eliminate the attacking enemy. Cpl Gettings was posthumously awarded the bronze star for his actions which were instrumental in preventing the enemy from inflicting further casualties and saved the lives of other Marines in his squadron.
That day in Fallujah, Iraq “One Marine Made a Difference”
The Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation has a mission to inform and inspire all Americans to realize that they too make a difference in the lives of those they touch daily.
“One Person Can Make a Difference… Be That One Person!”
One Marine Can Make A Difference — Cpl. Albert Pasquale Gettings, USMC
- March 8, 1978: Born to Juliet and David Getting
- Graduated from New Castle High School -Varsity Baseball
- Attended Slippery Rock University
- March: Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
- June: USMC Parris Island, SC; job accounting supply clerk
- September 9, 2002-May, 2004: Stationed at Camp Geiger, School Of Infantry Supply Depot
- June: Named Marine of the Quarter ; quarter ended 6/30/03
- September: Named Marine of the Quarter; quarter ended 9/30/2003
- May: Attended Recon Training Platoon at Camp LeJeune, NC
- July: Transferred to 2/6 Fox Company
- September: Deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the 3rd MEF
- February: Returned from Afghanistan
- May: Married Stephanie Palimino
- September: Deployed to Fallujah, Iraq
- January 5, 2006: Killed in action on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq
- Awarded Purple Heart for wounds received
- Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation Established
- Baseball field at Gunton Park dedicated as Gettings Field
- May 2006 to -Present: E-modified race car dedicated by Fornataro Racing
- September: Recipient of Salute to Courage Award by New Castle YMCA
- November: Cpl. Gettings Memorial plaque placed at Courthouse and honored with other veterans at Cascade Par
- February: Recipient of Bronze Star with a Combat V for Heroic Achievement
- May: Honored by Harrisburg Hometown Heroes
- July: The Albert P. Gettings Government Center Annex dedicated in Lawrence County
- January: An award was instituted at 2/6 Fox, Camp Lejuenn, NC his honor. The award is given monthly to a Marine in Fox Company who exemplifies service to his fellow Marines.