Skolak, David, ICFN

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IC-0000-Interior Communications Electrician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Interior Communications Electrician
Primary Unit
1967-1967, IC-0000, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
Service Years
1966 - 1967
IC-Interior Communications Electrician

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Date of Passing
Jun 08, 1967
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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David Skolak -- August 12, 1946 - June 8, 1967 The dog days of summer were in full swing in Indiana during the middle of August, 1946 when David Skolak was born. August 12th promised to be another hot day and most people were trying to stay cool, but not David. He was ready for bursting onto the scene and did just that. That was the coolest thing that happened in Gary during the month. David's early years found him participating in Little League Baseball, Youth Basketball and in other sports. He was proud, too, to be a member of the Boys Clubs of America while he was in grade school. David attended Tolleston High School in Gary, Indiana and remained an above average student throughout his four years at Tolleston. He continued participating in a variety of sports but concentrated on tennis and was good enough to earn a spot on the high school tennis team. He graduated on June 2, 1964, a distinguished student who wound up 34th in a class of 216 that year. David journeyed to Chicago in January of 1966 and enlisted in the Navy. His basic training was at the Great Lakes facility in Illinois. He went home on leave after basic training but returned to the schools command at the same facility for training in Interior Communications. He was further assigned to the USS LIBERTY following his training and made two cruises to Africa. The second cruise was cut short and LIBERTY was sent to Rota, Spain to prepare for a fateful trip to the Sinai Peninsula off the coast of Egypt. It was there that David was killed. He was, posthumously, awarded the Silver Star for bravery. He was, additionally, awarded the purple heart. David went the extra yard while under attack with total disregard for his own personal safety and tried desperately to save some of his shipmates that were exposed to additional fire and were in harms way. His extreme actions gave credence to his consideration for the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was denied that honor because there were no surviving witnesses to his valor while under fire. A SHIPMATE REMEMBERS DAVID SKOLAK David Skolak was a friend . He was quiet, always wanting to learn, and very respectful of others on the Liberty. He's missed by me and my family. John "SKI" Hrankowski USS Liberty Survivor Engineering Deaprtment.


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David Skolak (B501783), Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving on board the U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5), in action in the Mediterranean Sea on 8 June 1967. Fireman First Class Skolak was mortally wounded while gallantly performing his duties without regard for his own personal safety. The actions of Fireman First Class Skolak on this occasion were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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USS Liberty (AGTR-5)

Randall, John (Jack), SCPO, (1956-1978) IC IC-4721 Petty Officer First Class
Ennes, James M., LCDR, (1951-1978) OFF 161X Lieutenant
Golden, George, LCDR OFF 144X Lieutenant
Kiepfer, Richard, CAPT OFF 210X Lieutenant
O'Connor, James, CDR OFF 161X Lieutenant
Painter, Lloyd, LT, (1962-1969) OFF 2402 Lieutenant
Pierce, James Cecil, LT, (1941-1967) OFF 646X Lieutenant
Toth, Stephen Spencer, LT, (1963-1967) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Painter, Lloyd, LT, (1965-1969) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Painter, Lloyd, LT, (1965-1969) OFF 161X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Benkert, Joseph, CPO CT CT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Linn, Raymond Eugene, CPO, (1946-1967) CT CT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Melvin Douglas, CPO, (1956-1967) CT CT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bingham, Lowell, PO1 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Graves, Curtis Alan, PO1, (1961-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hersey, Warren, PO1 CT CT-9168 Petty Officer First Class
Kukal, Ronald, PO1, (1959-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lupton, James Mahlon, PO1, (1961-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Martin, Charles, PO1, (1955-1967) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rowley, Charles, PO1 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Six, Harold, PO1, (1964-1973) CTT CT-9141 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, John Caleb, PO1, (1961-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ameen, Timothy, PO2 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Barry, Robert Mike, PO2, (1964-1968) CTT CTT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bloxham, Glenn, PO2 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Blue, Allen Merle, PO2, (1961-1966) CTI CTI-9216 Petty Officer Second Class
Cleveland, Frederick, CPO CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Converse, Jerry Leroy, PO2, (1965-1967) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Halbardier, James Terrell, PO2, (1964-1970) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hendricks, Charles Richard, PO2, (1964-1967) CTI CTI-9313 Petty Officer Second Class
Herold, Donald, PO2, (1967-1967) SH SH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
LeMay, William, PO2, (1964-1968) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mark, Ed, PO1, (1963-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Massengale, John, PO2 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Popielski, John, PO2, (1967-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Thorn, Larry, PO2, (1964-1968) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ward, Joseph, PO2, (1967-1967) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Allenbaugh, William Barnard, PO3, (1964-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brown, Francis, PO3, (1963-1967) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
ECKER, KEN, PO3, (1966-1969) CTR CTR-2406 Petty Officer Third Class
Gordon, John, PO2, (1964-1968) CTT CTT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Goss, Jerry, PO3, (1967-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Green, Troy, PO3 SD SD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hazen, David, PO3, (1967-1967) GM GMG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Horne, John, PO3, (1963-1969) CTA CT-2735 Petty Officer Third Class
Hrankowski, John, PO3, (1965-1969) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hurd, William, PO3, (1964-1967) CTT CTT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Iaquinto, Stephen Jay, CPO, (1964-1984) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelly, James, PO3, (1967-1967) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kidd, Robert, PO3, (1967-1967) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kloskin, Lawrence, PO3, (1964-1968) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kram, William, PO3, (1965-1969) CTM CTM-9278 Petty Officer Third Class
Lehman, Joel, PO3, (1966-1968) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lucas, Randy, PO3, (1964-1970) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Meadors, Joseph, PO2, (1966-1972) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Meadors, Joseph, PO2, (1966-1972) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
MEYER, STEPHEN, PO2, (1965-1968) CTI CTI-9204 Petty Officer Third Class
Sweet, Ralph, PO3, (1967-1967) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Vanderpool, George, PO3, (1964-1968) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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