George Joseph Skapinsky
Private First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 502ND INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
January 23, 1947 to April 20, 1966
GEORGE J SKAPINSKY is on the Wall at Panel 6E, Line 125

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There were two men from Company A who were killed in action on April 20, 1966. They were:

PFC George Skapinsky, awarded the Silver Star, was buried in St Michael Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts. He was survived by his parents Marion L and John Skapinsky, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.



Silver Star

Thomas E Smith Silver Star
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), has awarded the SILVER STAR (Posthumously) to

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS
GEORGE J. SKAPINSKY

      for distinguishing himself on 20 April 1966 during a mission to secure a landing zone for a heliborne operation near Phan Thiet, Republic of Vietnam. While manning his position in the defensive perimeter around the projected landing zone, Private First Class Skapinsky detected a Viet Cong squad attempting to penetrate the perimeter. After notifying his patrol leader of the situation, he concentrated a hail of fire onto the surprised insurgents. The insurgents quickly dispersed into the jungle leaving two dead behind. Private First Class Skapinsky volunteered to move forward with two other men in search of the dead Viet Cong. After reaching the dead Viet Cong, Private First Class Skapinsky again detected movement to his front only moments before the Viet Cong launched a two pronged attack. Due to his alertness, his comrades were prepared to repulse the Viet Cong, and killed two more insurgents. When intense hostile fire was received from a tree line to their front, Private First Class Skapinsky, with complete disregard for his safety, covered the withdrawal of his comrades until he was mortally wounded. Private First Class Skapinky's extraordinary heroism in close combat against a numerically superior hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Thomas E Smith Silver Star


- - The Virtual Wall, July 22, 2014

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