The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*FRATELLENICO, FRANK R.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 502d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Place
and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 19 August 1970. Entered
service at: Albany, N.Y. Born: 14 July 1951, Sharon, Conn.
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.