Frank Perconte

Frank Perconte
Nickname(s) Perco
Born (1917-03-10)March 10, 1917
Joliet, Illinois
Died October 24, 2013(2013-10-24) (aged 96)
Joliet, Illinois
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Technician 4th Grade
Unit Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

World War II

Spouse(s) Evelyn Welch (1942-2003; her death)
Relations Jack Perconte (nephew)
Other work Postman

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.


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] with childhood friend Herman Hanson. Perconte and Hanson, along with Wayne Sisk and Carwood Lipton, were the first four soldiers assigned to Easy Company

Military service

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

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

Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge with two stars
Marksmanship Badge with Submachine gun and Pistol
Five Overseas Service Bars (two and a half years overseas)
Honorable Service Lapel Pin
Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf clusters (Normandy & Bastogne)
American Campaign Medal
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

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