Frank Albert Skocich

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
06 April 1948 - 17 September 1968
Ambridge, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frank Albert Skocich

05 Jan 2004

I tried very hard to forget everything about Vietnam for 35 years. All of a sudden I wanted to remember but most everything is gone from my memory. I found out after I made it back stateside that Nose got killed. I did not know that you also got killed until a couple of days ago. I'm sorry you did not make it back. I thank you and your family for your sacrifice.

My hope is that you are resting in eternal peace.

Jim Malam

07 Feb 2008


You did not know me but I am your second cousin. You knew my mom Marion of course, your cousin, who was pregnant with me when you died. 19 years later, I became a Marine myself and served in the 1990/91 Gulf war. Almost every year since the Gulf War my brother Joe and I have left a Marine Corps Flag and other tributes to you at your grave. The Skocichs have honored your service at the family reunions. They miss you very much.

Many of our family members have served our country and I have a great amount of respect for them all. Being a Marine though, I have always felt a special connection with you. I know what it is like to be a Marine and to step onto a battle field. I have looked into your service and have talked to men you served with, both who knew you and who did not.

Because people, not names, die on battle fields, I submitted a picture of you that my mom had, to be posted here. In 1997, I left this same picture of you at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington. I do not know who to give credit to for the picture but I think it is pretty cool. I don't think anyone would object to me using it to honor you in this way.

From your cousin and everyone else in the family,

Semper Fi

Ken Curcio

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In September 1968 elements of the Battalion Landing Team built around the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, were at Landing Zone Margo in the Cam Lo River valley about 13 miles due west of Cam Lo itself. On 15, 16, and 17 September LZ Margo was subjected to severe mortar attacks, losing 29 men.

H&S Company, 2nd Bn, 26th Marines, lost five men on 17 Sep 1968:

  • CPL William T. Parker, Stockton, CA
  • LCPL Dominick Pollastro, Syracuse, NY
  • HN David L. Eisenbraun, Youngstown, OH (1st Plt, A/5th Recon, attached BLT 2/26)
  • PFC Frank A. Skocich, Ambridge, PA
  • HN Darnell J. Songne, Abbeville, LA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 5 Jan 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009