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Frank Shimkonis
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1926
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 2008
Orange County
Florida, USA


SHIMKONIS, FRANK, 82, 1st Sgt Frank Shimkonis USMC (Retired) of Orlando, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Born in Nashua, NH to Lithuanian immigrant parents. Shimkonis quit high school at the age of 17 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in January 1944. Shortly thereafter he landed in the South Pacific as an infantryman at the height of WWII. His first taste of the Marine Corps and war came 15 September 1944, Operation Stale Mate. It was a fierce engagement known as the Battle of Peleliu, which had the highest casualty rate in WWII in the Pacific Theatre. Next stop, Operation Iceberg, the campaign is commonly known as The Invasion of Okinawa. After surviving those battles, he was sent to Manchuria, China to continue fighting the Japanese where he was witness to one of the last mounted cavalry charges between Chinese and Japanese forces. As the Korean War erupted, Shimkonis was a Recon Marine at Imjin River, receiving several citations and decorations. Shortly after, he became an Underwater Demolitions Team Instructor (UDT), predecessor to the present-day Navy SEALS. He was introduced to the girl he was going to marry at Fanuell Hall, Boston, Joan Petroro, who decided to let him catch her. They married on September 1, 1956 in the Bronx at St. Martin of Tours Church. He then became a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, SC and rejoined Marine Corp Special Forces in 1960. He was sent on a Pacific tour of duty and was dispatched to Viet Nam as an advisor with the 3rd Recon Battalion from 1960-63. Shimkonis continued as a drill instructor at Quantico, VA., and then several years later at Parris Island as Series DI. In 1968 he received orders to Viet Nam again and found himself in the midst of the Tet Offensive. His positions were Hill 55, 12 clicks south of Da Nang and Hill 41 near Dai Loc. Again he received numerous citations. After his tour in Viet Nam he received orders to be stationed at Camp Le Jeune where he spent the rest of his duty. On occasion he was dispatched to hotspots in Latin America. He separated from the Marine Corps in August 1972 at Camp Le Jeune, NC and moved to Orlando where he worked for the US Postal Service as a mail carrier and raised his family. His integrity, honesty, dedication as a father, friend, teacher, patriot and compassion is revealed to everyone who has had the opportunity meet him. Not one for bravado or the limelight, Frank Shimkonis represents a beacon for the goodness all humans should possess. He has seen the horrors of war and no one knows better that freedom does not come free. For that we deeply thank him. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan sons, John, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, daughter-in-law Jennifer and grandson Nicolas. The funeral service will be held at 11AM Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Orlando (Pine Hills), FL with Father Andy O'Reilly officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. Interment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Services under the professional direction of Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando. 407-578-7720
Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - April 23, 2008 
Florida National Cemetery
Sumter County
Florida, USA
Plot: Sec 604, Site 253
Created by: Sincerely Yours
Record added: Mar 16, 2010
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- chuck cummins
 Added: Sep. 23, 2013
A Great Marine, and a Fabulous Leader. I enjoyed our year together.
- Jon Field
 Added: Sep. 29, 2011

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