Frankie Zoly Molnar

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
14 February 1943 - 20 May 1967
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 INF DIV Medal of Honor 8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Frankie Z. Molnar

The database page for Frankie Zoly Molnar

18 Apr 2002

The Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to Frankie Zoly Molnar.
His wife is a member of the American Legion Auxilliary, Post CN20.

The President of the United States
in the name of the Congress of the United States takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Staff Sergeant
United States Army

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SSGT Molnar distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry during combat operations. Shortly after the battalion's defensive perimeter was established, it was hit by intense mortar fire as the prelude to a massive enemy night attack. SSGT Molnar immediately left his sheltered location to insure the readiness of his squad to meet the attack. As he crawled through the position, he discovered a group of enemy soldiers closing in on his squad area. His accurate rifle fire killed 5 of the enemy and forced the remainder to flee. When the mortar fire stopped, the enemy attacked in a human wave supported by grenades, rockets, automatic weapons, and small-arms fire. After assisting to repel the first enemy assault, SSGT Molnar found that his squad's ammunition and grenade supply was nearly expended. Again leaving the relative safety of his position, he crawled through intense enemy fire to secure additional ammunition and distribute it to his squad. He rejoined his men to beat back the renewed enemy onslaught, and he moved about his area providing medical aid and assisting in the evacuation of the wounded. With the help of several men, he was preparing to move a severely wounded soldier when an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the group. The first to see the grenade, SSGT Molnar threw himself on it and absorbed the deadly blast to save his comrades. His demonstrated selflessness and inspirational leadership on the battlefield were a major factor in the successful defense of the American position and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Army. SSGT Molnar's actions reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

A memorial from one who knows his wife,

19 April 2002

Just to let everyone know that he is not forgotten and left a legacy of one very lovely daughter, Michelle Parrott of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and three grandchildren of whom he would be so proud. I think of him every day and still miss him after all these years.

Frank was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor for a separate action from the Medal of Honor and this was presented to me after his death at a ceremony at Fort Lewis, Washington in December 1967.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew my husband.

12 Feb 2004

Frank is thought of every day with honor.

With ever lasting love
419 Whiteview Close N E, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 1R5 Canada

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SSG Frankie Molnar was one of 48 Americans who died as a result of the fighting around Plei Doc on 18-24 May 1967. He is buried in the Highland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Logan, West Virginia.

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