Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1O1st Airborne Division


Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 19 August 1970


Entered service at: Albany, New York


Born: 14 July 1951, Sharon, Connecticut




Cpl. Fratellenico distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with Company B. Cpl. Fratellenico's squad was pinned down by intensive fire from 2 well-fortified enemy bunkers. At great personal risk Cpl. Fratellenico maneuvered forward and, using hand grenades, neutralized the first bunker which was occupied by a number of enemy soldiers. While attacking the second bunker, enemy fire struck Cpl. Fratellenico, causing him to fall to the ground and drop a grenade which he was preparing to throw. Alert to the imminent danger to his comrades, Cpl. Fratellenico retrieved the grenade and fell upon it an instant before it exploded. His heroic actions prevented death or serious injury to 4 of his comrades nearby and inspired his unit which subsequently overran the enemy position. Cpl. Fratellenico's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

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First name: FRANK ROCCO

Home of Record (official): CHATHAM

State (official): NY

Date of Birth: Saturday, July 14, 1951

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


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Branch: Army

Rank: CPL

Serial Number: 069440577

Component: Regular

Posthumous promotion as indicated

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10


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Start of Tour: Tuesday, May 5, 1970

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, August 19, 1970

Age at time of loss: 19

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tri

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