Federico Silva

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
02 March 1946 - 18 December 1965
San Bernardino, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Federico Silva

26 May 2001

Rest in peace, "Lico"

It was your dream to become a citizen when you went to 'Nam, but you died over there defending your adopted country. Your patriotism and the love shown by your strong family led us to tell your story in the San Bernardino Sun. The late Rep. George Brown of California later secured your posthumous citizenship by Act of Congress.

Semper Fi

"Doc" and Pat

The sponsors of this memorial wish to remain anonymous.
E-mail address is not available.

02 Jun 2005

Memorial Day 2005 - It has been almost 40 years since my cousin was killed in Vietnam. I have not forgotten him. Although it has been a long time I have very fond memories of him. I have been wanting to write this memorial for Federico for the longest time, but I could not find the courage to do it, but I believe it's time as he does deserve it. Federico and I were of the same age and I remember we used to play together when we were young. He lived in San Bernardino and I lived in Arizona, however every time we traveled to California we would stop and visit Federico's parents, brothers and sisters and just have a grand old time. For those of you who never met Federico, I want you to know that you could not have met a more loving and wonderful human being. I remember going to the movies with him and him picking out the best seats in the house for us to watch the movie. He always had a big smile on his face and just greeted you with a lot of love. I was one of the lucky ones that went to Vietnam and returned ... he did not.

From a cousin,
Raymond J. Avila

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 December 1965 the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines were engaged in Operation HARVEST MOON in Quang Nam Province. The 2/7 Marines were moving toward the hamlet of Ky Phu in a battalion column march. At about 1300 both the head and the tail of the column began receiving heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire. The 2/7 Marines deployed and assaulted the enemy, who were well dug in and apparently planned to stay and fight it out. It took the Marines four hours of heavy fighting to eject the 80th VC Battalion from Ky Phu; when the VC withdrew they left 105 bodies and numerous weapons on the battlefield. The 2/7 Marines lost nine men killed in the action, and three more died from wounds received:
  • Fox Company:
    • Cpl Michael C. Halstead, Hoxie, AR (DoW 12/19/1965)
    • Cpl Stephen J. Lukasiewski, Ellington, CT
    • Pfc Fred A. Tryon, Downey, CA

  • Golf Company:
  • H&S Company:
    • Cpl Donald D. Karlin, Wichita, KS
    • Cpl William V. Moss, Chappaqua, NY (DoW 12/21/1965)
    • Cpl Joseph E. Nimiroski, Attleboro, MA
    • LCpl Vernon E. Holland, Lexington, KY
    • LCpl Ernest F. Losoya, Salinas, CA (DoW 12/19/1965)
    • LCpl Jack S. Swender, Kansas City, KS
    • Pfc Melvin L. Frontella, Mountain View, CA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009