This and every Memorial Day, we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those who died serving this country. Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office has been hard at work putting faces and details to the names on the plaques of the Doughboy monument on Beach 95th Street. Among the 146 names are veterans from WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War who had a local connection. Schwach has established the “Rockaway Beach, NY Doughboy and Doughgirl Memorials” Facebook page to share their stories. In honor of Memorial Day, we’re sharing a few in The Rockaway Times, but check out the Facebook page for the many, many more.
Frank Florio was a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was born 11/20/1947 in Brooklyn and he and his family moved to Edgemere in 1963. Florio graduated from Far Rockaway High School and worked for the Associated Press before joining the Marines 12/28/1965, "because he (felt) owed it his country." He was trained as a Radio Telegraph Operator in an 81 mm mortar platoon, assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division and was sent to Vietnam. On 12/28/1967, two years to the day of his enlistment, he was shot and killed in combat in Quang Nam Province. He was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Pinelawn.
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