Pina, Frank David, CPT

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1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, 9th Infantry Division
Service Years
1958 - 1968



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Montclair, CA
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phong Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lafayette Memorial Park - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42E 023

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry 9th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry /A Company
  1967-1968, 1542, 9th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Captain Frank David Pina was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, CPT Pina served our country until March 1st, 1968 in Phong Dinh, South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that Frank died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. Frank was born on October 24th, 1939 in Montclair, California. CPT Pina is on panel 42E, line 023 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 10 years.
Platoon member: Seems like yesterday that we were pinned down that night. I had been in country less than 2 months and you were bigger than life taking care of a company that had been almost completely wiped out just 2 months before. I was only a few feet behind you when you received your mortal wound. I have nothing but respect and pride having served with you. Mike Gupton, Box 1484, Clinton, NC 28329.
His radioman at A/3/60 9th Div: Are you sure we need to go there? I thought you were nuts in our first firefight when you yelled for the RTOs to follow you. The standard until then was 'Duck and cover'. You taught us all a life lesson in leadership. You must lead from the front. I use that everyday. I'm sorry it has taken this long for me to thank you. Rest in peace. Twiggy '67. James Fowler, 2608 Valley Creek Trail, McKinney TX, 75070.
Frank Pina was a Native American and Hispanic fellow from Southern California. He was a serious and effective soldier who had done a lot in his lifetime. He was very bright and very professional. He had done some clandestine work in Latin America. He was full of funny stories about that, and a lot of other parts of army life. He was very gentle but very firm in getting things done the right way. He was an expert at ambush. He died very bravely, and without complaint. I was not there, but those who were told me about it. LTC William D. Rayher,USAR(ret)
CITATION: The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank David Pina, Captain (Infantry), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Captain Pina distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 10 January 1968 while serving as commanding officer of an infantry company on a heliborne recon in force mission near Cai Be. The first airlift received heavy automatic weapons, rocket and mortar fire immediately upon landing. Captain Pina quickly organized the two platoons aboard and personally led an assault on the wood line bordering the landing zone, ejecting the Viet Cong from a narrow bunker line. He then radioed for the remainder of his company to make an air assault on the flank of the fortified positions he faced. With all his troops on the ground, he braved withering enemy fire time after time to link the two elements together. It soon became evident that his company was positioned in the midst of a Viet Cong main force battalion and greatly outnumbered. At that time, Captain Pena took over the direction of supporting fires as the forward observer had been killed. He adjusted artillery fire while extracting the wounded from the open landing zone which was still under intense fire. He then directed air strikes on the principle sources of enemy fire. Reinforcements were unable to penetrate the strong enemy defenses, and Captain Pena unhesitatingly elected to stay with the wounded rather than attempt a withdrawal of his able-bodied men. He continued to direct artillery fire and air strikes with such accuracy that the enemy was unable to mount an attack on his perimeter and withdrew during the night. Captain Pina's personal bravery and outstanding professional leadership not only prevented his unit's annihilation, but was also responsible for substantially weakening Viet Cong strength and effectiveness in the Cai Be area. Captain Pina's extraordinary heroism and devotion to 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.
He is the Husband of Mrs Jennifer A Pina, Fayetteville, NC. Son of Mr and Mrs F.E. Pina, Montclair, California.
He served as a Captain with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, USARV.
He was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross(DSC), The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 42E 023
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