Frank Anthony D'Amico

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
17 April 1941 - 13 April 1966
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Panel 06E Line 109

CIB 2nd Award

Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service


Army Pathfinder
Frank D'Amico

The database page for Frank Anthony D'Amico

10 May 2001

Killed in Action, 4/13/66, Ho Bo Woods
Frank was Airborne and Path Finder qualified.
He was the 3rd Platoon Leader, Bravo Company.

He earned his first Combat Infantry Badge in the Dominican Republic (1965)
and was awarded his star in Vietnam.

And he is remembered by his comrades in the BOBCATS - the
5th Infantry Regiment

From a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart

19 May 2001

I am Theodore (Ted) T. Jagosz, Captain, Infantry, USAR. I bunked with Frank D'Amico, swapped jump stories and other lies with him, and fought with my 2nd Platoon alongside his 3rd Platoon during his first and last fights. Other tributes may come from the hearts of a loving family; mine are from the perspective of a fellow paratrooper, infantryman, comrade in arms, and loving friend.

The After Action Report for "Operation Kalamazoo", included on the 5th Infantry Regiment web site, very dryly states the nuts and bolts of the combat that day. On page 7 it lists four other men from B company that were killed that day, all members of Frank's 3rd platoon. Frank was the first man hit and down. It is a profound testament to Frank's leadership and his character that four of his men, including Sergeant Clinton Fackrell (an NCO whom I knew personally and admired) risked and lost their lives in an effort to assist their fallen leader.

Another man universally admired in B Company was the Company Senior Medic, Sp/5 Jimmie L. Scott. Sp/5 Scott rushed from the Company Commander's vehicle to assist Frank. At his side or close by, Scott took two bullets to the head. Although "Scottie" was conscious when I helped put him on the med-evac helicopter (next to Frank), he died of his wounds on 1 June 1966.

I hope all of us, relatives and friends, can take some comfort from the fact that all six of these men were anointed by Fr. Clarence Olszewski moments after they were hit. Another solace should be the fact that the day Frank died he was surrounded by men who were so loved and totally dedicated to one another. May all of us continue to be inspired and live by the words:

"Greater love hath no man than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends."
(John, 15:13)

I don't wish to reawaken anyone's grief, but rather to assure all who loved him, family and soldiers alike, that not only because of "The Sacrament" is Frank enjoying eternal life in the Bosom of God but he didn't have to spend any time in Purgatory because, as Father Gigliello, the Chaplain of the Catholic Airborne Chapel at Fort Benning, used to say,

"All troopers who die in combat go straight to Heaven.
They already pulled their tour in Hell!"

Lastly, I want Frank's relatives to know and understand that their hearts should beat proudly at the memory of such a fine soldier.

Ted Jagosz
Platoon Leader, 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company

06 May 2005

325th Infantry


by a friend and fellow soldier who served with Lt. D'Amico
in Charlie Company, 3/325 Airborne Infantry in the
Dominican Republic.

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The six men killed in the action described by Ted Jagosz above were

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a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart
10 May 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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