Francis Duane Battista

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
13 February 1948 - 11 November 1967
Sayreville, New Jersey
Panel 29E Line 070


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Francis Duane Battista

25 Mar 2008

L/Cpl. Francis Duane Battista.

GENTLEST Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant.

Be not severe in Thy judgement but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O merciful Saviour send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment. Light and peace. Amen.

This I received including a picture of you all dressed in full Marine uniform while I was serving the Air Force in Alaska on November 1967. I miss you, we wanted to serve together. The last time I saw you after graduation from High School, you came by with your new Mustang and leaving for the Marines, I was sent to Alaska soon after. You are forever missed.

From a friend,
Johnny Jaworski
Anchorage, Alaska

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 5th Marines' daily situation report for 11 Nov 1967 contains the following entry:

The two Marines killed in the incident, which took place on Highway QL-1 about 11 kilometers south of Danang, were WO Jerome W. Walsh of New York, NY, and LCpl Francis D. Battista of Sayreville, NJ. As far as is known, the wounded Marine survived his injuries. All three men were assigned to HQ Co, 5th Marines.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Johnny Jaworski
Anchorage, Alaska

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Mar 2008
Last updated 03/27/2008