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Frank Perconte

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Frank Perconte
Sgt frank perconte 506e.jpg
Nickname(s)Perco
Born(1917-03-10)March 10, 1917
Joliet, Illinois
DiedOctober 24, 2013(2013-10-24) (aged 96)
Joliet, Illinois
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service1942–1945
RankUS Army WWII T4C.svg Technician 4th Grade
UnitEasy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Battle of Normandy
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
Awards
  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Croix de Guerre[1]
Spouse(s)Evelyn Welch (1942-2003; her death)
RelationsJack Perconte (nephew)
Other workPostman

Technician Fourth Grade Frank J. Perconte (March 10, 1917 – October 24, 2013)[2][3] was a non-commissioned officer during World War II with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in the United States Army. He was portrayed by James Madio in the HBO/BBC miniseries Band of Brothers.

Youth[edit]

Perconte was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. His parents were Joseph Perconte, who died in 1929, and Mary Carbone.[2] He was raised Catholic and attended parochial schools.[2] He graduated Joliet Central High School in 1935.[2] During the Great Depression, he and some of his friends moved to Gary, Indiana and worked in a steel mill.[2] He enlisted on August 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.[4] Perconte and Hanson, along with Wayne Sisk and Carwood Lipton, were the first four soldiers assigned to Easy Company

Military service[edit]

Perconte was a non-commissioned officer in 1st Platoon. In 1942, while on leave from Toccoa, he married Evelyn and had a son named Richard.[5] He participated in the division's airborne assault on France on D-Day, and saw action during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. On Easy's assault on the town of Foy on January 13, 1945, he was shot in the thigh by a German sniper.[6] Frank was out for a couple of days before re-joining Easy at the town of Haguenau.

Later years[edit]

Perconte was demobilized earlier than most of his counterparts as he was married and had a child.[7] He returned home to his family in Joliet and worked as a postman. His nephew, Jack Perconte, played major league baseball during the 1980s with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and Chicago White Sox.[2]

Perconte was one of 20 contributors to the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers, published by Penguin / Berkley-Caliber. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion 506 PIR. He died on October 24, 2013 and is survived by his son Richard and two grandchildren.[8]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Cp2j.jpg Parachutist Badge with two Service stars
ArmyQualMarksmanBadgeHi.jpg Marksmanship Badge with Submachine gun and Pistol
ArmyOSB.jpg Five Overseas Service Bars (two and a half years overseas)
Ruptured duck pin.gif Honorable Service Lapel Pin
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf clusters (Normandy & Bastogne)
American Campaign Medal
Arrowhead
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four campaign stars and one arrowhead device
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp
Croix de Guerre with bronze palm leaf
French Liberation Medal
Commemorative awards
  • Commemorative D-Day Medal (60th Anniversary)
  • Commemorative D-Day Medal (50th Anniversary)
  • Commemorative Battle of the Bulge Medal
  • Commemorative French D-Day Medal
  • Combat Service Commemorative Medal
  • Austrian Liberation 50th Anniversary Medal
  • Victory in Europe Commemorative Medal
  • Commemorative World War II Medal


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References[edit]

  1. DeAngelis, Frank. "Perconte's shadowbox". Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Brotherton, pp. 8–9.
  3. "Frank Perconte Obituary". The Herald-News. October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  4. WWII Army Enlistment Records: on-line NARA Archival Database
  5. Bio of Perconte Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Mini bio on Perconte on The Battle of Normandy website
  7. "Memorial Day visit with Joliet's Frank Perconte, the oldest living member of the Band of Brothers". ChicagoNow.com. May 28, 2012.
  8. "Joliet man was among 'band of brothers'". Chicago Tribune. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on April 20, 2016.

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