VIETNAM - PROSZEK, ANTONE FRANKLIN JR

Proszek, Antone Franklin Jr

VIETNAM - PROSZEK, ANTONE FRANKLIN JR
PROSZEK, ANTONE FRANKLIN JR

Rank: Specialist 5

Unit: D Company, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 3-Oct-1945

Hometown: International Falls, Minnesota

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: Nov-1965

Start of tour: 20-Aug-1966

Incident date: 27-Apr-1967

Date of casualty: 27-Apr-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Antone Franklin Proszek Jr was on combat operation when hit by fragments from a hostile mine.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Forest Hill Cemetery, International Falls, Minnesota, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 18E 104 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FIVE ANTONE FRANKLIN PROSZEK JR
SEPTEMBER 1966 TO APRIL 1967
D COMPANY, 1st SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Five Proszek distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force during the period 7 September 1966 to 27 April 1967 while assigned to Company D, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. Serving as a tank commander and gunner, Specialist Proszek was involved in numerous operations against the enemy. Working long and arduous hours, he insured that his vehicle was constantly maintained in a high state of combat readiness and ready to move with minimum notice. On 21 November 1966, a regimental convoy encountered a well-armed enemy force on a highway between Long Binh and Xuan Loc. Participating in the reaction force dispatched to relieve the beleaguered convoy, Specialist Proszek’s platoon was instrumental in defeating and inflicting severe losses on the Viet Cong force. On another occasion, he was again a member of a reaction force with the mission of relieving a convoy which was engaged with the enemy. In this operation, Specialist Proszek served with distinction; his unit sustained few casualties and accounted for more than one hundred enemy dead. Consistently displaying aggressive leadership, devotion to duty and professional competence, he earned the respect and admiration of both his subordinates and superiors. During Operation JUNCTION CITY, Specialist Proszek’s unit was engaged in numerous encounters with the Viet Cong in Tay Ninh Province, always emerging victorious. Specialist Proszek was mortally wounded by fragments from an exploding enemy land mine on 27 April 1967 while participating in a search and destroy mission. His leadership ability, professional competence and determination to accomplish his mission significantly enhanced the counterinsurgency effort in Vietnam. Specialist Proszek’s courage and dedicated performance of duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 1092 (10 July 1967)

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