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Upstate NY Marine who guarded FDR during 'Day of Infamy' speech dies at 93; served in Pacific

Dante J. Orsini Sr., a former Marine who guarded President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his "Day of Infamy" speech after the Pearl Harbor attack, has died at age 93.

The Scott & Barbieri Family Funeral Homes said Orsini died Wednesday at a hospital near his home in South Glens Falls. A cause of death wasn't released.

Orsini enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940 and was assigned to the White House security detail guarding FDR. He was among the Marines inside the House of Representatives on Dec. 8, 1941, when the president delivered his speech before a joint session of Congress a day after the Japanese attack on Hawaii.

Orsini later served in the Pacific at Guam, Okinawa and China.

His funeral and burial are Monday in South Glens Falls.