Frank Vincent CalziaHospitalman
H&S CO, 1ST BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Navy
16 September 1946 - 10 May 1968
El Segundo, California
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The database page for Frank Vincent Calzia
Rest in peace, Frank.
From a friend,
Frank and I went to Hospital Corps School together. As I was from New York, he took me to his home to meet his family, who welcomed me.
We were the only two Italian Americans in our Hospital Corps School, so we started a club, "The Sons of the Mediterranean". We were the only two members.
I think about him every day, and I have his name from the Wall framed in my office.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallBetween 07 and 17 May 1968 the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines were conducting sweep operations north of Dong Ha as part of Operation KENTUCKY. On 09 May Delta 1/26 got into a serious fight with NVA troops, losing 12 men (see LCpl Larry E. Adolf) while ejecting the NVA from a 30-bunker complex. Anticipating a night attack in retaliation, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and H&S companies formed a coherent night defensive position - but were undisturbed.
On the morning of 10 May the rifle companies moved out to continue the sweep. At 1300 the battalion command post received three rounds of artillery fire from NVA guns emplaced within the DMZ. Three men were killed and four wounded by the fire. The dead, all from H&S Company, were
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Jun 2006
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