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Mr. Alfred J. O'Neill

March 4, 1924 - January 22, 2022
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Visitation
Vance Brooks Funeral Home - PC
3738 Hwy 431 North / 280 West
Phenix City, AL 36867
Thursday 1/27, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Service
Vance Brooks Funeral Home - PC
3738 Hwy 431 North / 280 West
Phenix City, AL 36867
Thursday 1/27, 11:00 am
Cemetery
Lakeview Memory Gardens, Phenix City, Alabama
Thursday 1/27, 11:45 am

Alfred J. O’Neill, 97, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, formerly of Phenix City, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am EST on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Vance Brooks Funeral Home, 3738 Highway 431 North Phenix City, AL …
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Dianna Voris left a message on January 27, 2022:
Uncle Al you are loved and missed,Give Grandma Tonidandel and Mom a kiss for me.Prayers for all the family.
Michael Wikan left a message on January 26, 2022:
I was saddened to hear of Sergeant Major Al O'Neill's passing. He was indeed the finest of men and of soldiers. Your Dad became Rifle Coach at West Point following the retirement of MSG Oscar Gallman. SGM O'Neill's first year as Coach was my Firstie (senior) year as a Cadet. I was Team Captain and was named to the All American Team under his coaching. He also asked me, for the Marksmanship Training Unit, if I would consider shooting for the Olympic Team; I declined so that I could learn the lessons necessary to be an Infantry Leader. Your Dad understood, for he knew well what it took to be an Infantryman. I returned to West Point 7 years later after initial assignment to Germany, then to Vietnam, Ft. Benning and Graduate School. One of my first on-post visits was to the Indoor Rifle Range to see SGM O’Neill! I did not know that he had been sent to Vietnam and back until then, but I was happy he was at West Point again. His coaching successes in the years after my Cadet years were legion. Though I did not see him after that assignment, I look at pictures with him at least once a year when I shuffle things around. There is one picture in particular that shows the Rifle Team at the match with the Coast Guard Academy. In the picture are SGM O'Neill and the top-five shooters being presented the winners trophy. But the photo also shows two future Team Captains and all five who would be All Americans. His impact was substantial. I shall never forget Sergeant Major Al O'Neill, whether at the range or fishing for trout at West Point. Michael E. Wikan LTC, US Army (ret)
Adrianne Ennis left a message on January 26, 2022:
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Margie Dehner left a message on January 25, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. May the sweet spirit of Jesus bless, and comfort you all.
Vance Brooks left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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