I spoke to Charles J. Candrilli, Julius Candrilli’s brother, on September 19, 2008 at legendary High School football coach Mike Miello’s first football game coaching Hackensack (which was played at Paramus), since leaving Hackensack in the early 1970’s. 

Charles Candrilli gave me information on himself and his brother,
Julius Candrilli, who was a close friend of Tommy Trobiano growing up in Hackensack. 

I had wrestled with Julius Candrilli’s son, Glen Candrilli, at
Hackensack High School in 1973.  I knew his father had died, but never knew when or why, nor was there a reason for me to know. 

Knowing Glen the way I did, having practiced with him quite regularly, made this information touch me.  Glen’s father, Julius Candrilli, was on a landing craft ship near Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped. Shortly after, at the age of 38, he passed away from Leukemia.  There was no medal for this, just the effects of the war.

Let us never forget their sacrifice.

Written by:
Bob Meli
July 6, 2013


Click on Charles J. Candrilli's name to go to his web page.


Background image of he "Fat Man" bomb, exploding over the north factory district in Western Kuushu, Japan obtained from: