Frank Vincent Calzia

United States Navy
16 September 1946 - 10 May 1968
El Segundo, California
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frank Vincent Calzia

08 Jun 2006

Rest in peace, Frank.

From a friend,
Jim Powers

25 Jun 2007

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,
Michael Casucci
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Between 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

  • Capt Robert C. Onslow, Minneapolis, MN, 1/26 logistics officer;
  • HN Frank V. Calzia, El Segundo, CA; and
  • Pfc David L. Kirkeby, Drayton, ND.

Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

"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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Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

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Jim Powers

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Jun 2006
Last updated 02/05/2008