The Moving Wall: Cpl. Francis D. Donohue
Cpl. Francis D. Donohue
Born Nov. 9, 1948 Died Dec. 28, 1968
Frank was born in Shamokin, a son of John and Emenhy Donohue. He graduated from New Castle High School in 1966. He also attended Youngstown University in Ohio.
Frank was an avid basketball player as a young man.
Frank entered the Army May 23, 1968. He received his basic training and advanced infantry training prior to reporting to Vietnam Oct. 12, 1968. Frank was assigned to Co. A, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Division.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster for heroism on a mission in Song Be Province. Frank exposed himself to intense hostile fire while moving to a forward fighting position to ensure cover fire for the rest of his platoon. He was mortally wounded during the heroic event Dec. 28, 1968.
In addition to the Bronze Star, Frank was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Marksman Badge with auto rifle bar.
Surviving at the time of his death were his mother, father, three brothers and a sister.
Frank was 20 years old and is remembered on Panel 36W, line 84.