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Private First-Class Frank Vallone


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I don't need any feedback on the song. I know its flaws.

 

I just wrote it to honor one guy, a nineteen year old young

man from Little Italy, Frank Vallone. I posted the thead because

this week would have been his 60th birthday.

 

He was born April 4, 1949 in Little Italy, New York City.

He was killed in action September 11th, 1968 in Quang Nam

Province, Vietnam.

 

If you ever visit Chinatown/Little Italy in Lower Manhattan,

walk 1/2 block north up Mulberry Street. You'll see a little

Catholic Church building with a bronze plaque on the gate.

 

It reads:

 

"Dedicated to the memory of Frank Vallone, PFC USMC,

who gave his life for God and country in Vietnam,

September 11th, 1968.


Dedicated by his neighbors and friends."Born April 4, 1949,

New York City. Died September 11, 1968, Vietnam.

 

At the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, you can find his name on the wall,

at Panel 44W line 032.

 

We miss you Frank.


Music & vocals by Peter Streit. Lyrics by Marc Ellis


Private First-Class Frank Vallone


In New York City, on Mulberry Street,

there's a church where a man can pray alone,

and on the gate of that church is a bronze plaquee that reads,

"To Private First-Class Frank Vallone"


Just nineteen years old and in the US Marines,

a young Italian-American man,

He left his buddies back hom in Little Italy,

to hold a rifle in South Vietnam;


He was only in country sixty-four days;

In sixty-four days he was gone;

He flew back to New York with an American flag,

Private first-class Frank Vallone



September 11th, 1968,

His family was sleeping back home;

It was high-noon and hot,

Outside the base at Quang Nam,

Where Frank was ambushed on patrol


Frank stepped up to the front of the fight;

His budies back home would be proud;

Two US Marines lost their lives on that day,

But they never gave up their ground;


But Charlie shot first, Frank was cut down;

Before he could buy beer or could vote;

The morning report said "hostile small-arms fire",

That's all the First-Sergeant wrote;


A son and his mother, a Mom and her boy,

A love that can never be changed.

When the major arrived to break her the news,

Frank's Mom was never the same;



He was only in country sixty-four days;

In sixty-four days he was gone;

He flew back to New York with an American flag,

Private first-class Frank Vallone


It was thirty-three years to the day Frank died,

They brought the World Trade Center down;

I wonder, where were you Frank?

As we were watching it fall?

Could you see it collapsing,

to the ground?


Would you still want to step to the front of the fight?

Oh Frank, would you make them pay Hell?

Or have you found peace, no man can describe?

Can you tell us God's peace, will one day prevail?


Some college professors said that you died in vain,

The draft dodgers were right, you were wrong.

But those professors aren't fit,

To clean the mud off the boots,

of Private First-Class Frank Vallone;


In New York City, on Mulberry Street,

there's a church where a man can pray alone,

and on the gate of that church is a bronze plaque that reads,


"Dedicated to the memory of Frank Vallone, PFC USMC,

who gave his life for God and country in Vietnam,

September 11th, 1968.


Dedicated by his neighbors and friends.Born April 4, 1949 New York City.

Died September 11, 1968, Vietnam."

 

Your family misses you Frank. Your buddies miss you.

Life goes on. But you were the best, the very best.

 

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Frank Vallone

 

Private First Class

F CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV

United States Marine Corps

04 April 1949 - 11 September 1968

New York, New York

Panel 44W Line 032

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Nobody who did will ever forget him. In the minds of his family and friends, September 11th was "the day Frank died,". At least, for thirty-three years it was. Then, less than a mile away from their neighborhood, we all know what happened on September 11th, 2001.

 

The old neighborhood still hasn't forgotten him though.

 

 

"Dedicated to the memory of Frank Vallone, PFC USMC,

who gave his life for God and country in Vietnam,

September 11th, 1968.


Dedicated by his neighbors and friends."Born April 4, 1949,

New York City. Died September 11, 1968, Vietnam.

 

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