Skolak, David, ICFN

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Fireman
Last Primary NEC
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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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Gary
Last Address
Gary

Date of Passing
Jun 08, 1967
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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USS Liberty Attack
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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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SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILL

Type
Garrison - Training Command

Existing/Disbanded
Existing

Parent Unit
Service Schools Command (Staff)

Strength
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SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILL

Davison, John, PO1, (1961-1968) Petty Officer First Class
White, Steve, MCPO, (1960-1980) Petty Officer First Class
Demain, Joe Petty Officer Second Class
Andrews, Lavern, SCPO, (1965-1986) Petty Officer Third Class
House, Charles, PO1, (1960-1973) Petty Officer Third Class
Pepper, Ralph, CPO, (1965-1988) Petty Officer Third Class
Sebastian, George, SCPO, (1965-1987) Petty Officer Third Class
Christopher, Ron, CDR, (1965-1998) Seaman
Curnutte, James, MCPO, (1966-1987) Seaman
Eppley, Paul, SCPO, (1965-1985) Seaman
Grace, Tim, CPO, (1966-1991) Seaman
Henderson, Terry Lee, PO3, (1967-1969) Seaman
Hodgson, Garry Bradbury, PO3, (1966-1969) Seaman
Marlborough, David Walter, SN, (1966-1967) Seaman
Maxey, George, PO1, (1967-1979) Seaman
Rikal, Victor Thomas, PO2, (1965-1969) Seaman
Spray, John Raymond, PO2, (1966-1969) Seaman
Thomas, Jon Wayne, PO3, (1967-1969) Seaman
Thornton, Thomas Ray, PO3, (1965-1967) Seaman
Warnock, Con Wesley, PO3, (1967-1969) Seaman
Balcom, Joel Arnold, PO3, (1966-1969) Hospitalman
Orpurt, Linden Russell, PO2, (1965-1969) Fireman
Stokes, Jeffrey Randall, PO3, (1967-1971) Fireman
Fischer, Robert, SCPO, (1967-1995) Seaman Apprentice
HARLEY, AUBREY, PO2, (1966-1976) Seaman Apprentice
Neylon, Rick, MCPO, (1965-1990) Seaman Recruit
Hurt, Barkwell, SCPO, (1964-1989) MM MM-4294 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Gibson, James, CWO4, (1956-1978) IM Chief Petty Officer
Hinkle, Bennie, SCPO, (1958-1978) ET ET-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Huddleston, Robert, SCPO, (1961-1982) ET ET-1444 Chief Petty Officer
Kammerer, David, SCPO, (1952-1974) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McFarland, John, MCPO, (1962-1987) FT FT-1127 Chief Petty Officer
Mlady, Steven, CPO, (1959-1971) ET Chief Petty Officer
Terry, Howard, MCPO, (1955-1977) IC IC-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Young, Paul R., MCPO, (1952-1981) SK LS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Griffin, Charles, SCPO, (1959-1979) ET ET-1444 Petty Officer First Class
Medina, James, CMC, (1960-1989) 00 9502 Petty Officer First Class
Berry, Bill, LCDR, (1961-1989) FT FT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hollis, Donald, CWO4, (1963-1985) FT FT-1187 Petty Officer Second Class
Van Gaasbeck, Charles, MCPO, (1963-1990) FTM Petty Officer Second Class
Allen, Douglas, MCPO, (1964-1989) ET Petty Officer Third Class
Boynton, Bill, SCPO, (1967-1990) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Caples, John, MCPO, (1964-1988) GMM GMM-0998 Petty Officer Third Class
Ford, Dale, LT, (1967-1989) ET ET-1415 Petty Officer Third Class
Gurke, Lee, CAPT, (1966-1998) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
House, Charles, PO1, (1960-1973) PR PR-7356 Petty Officer Third Class
McClintock, John, SCPO, (1963-1994) GM GM-0891 Petty Officer Third Class
Alexander, Robert, CDR, (1967-1994) GMM GMM-0997 Seaman
Belanger, Michael, LCDR, (1964-1994) 00 00E Seaman
Brown, Sylvester Lewis, PO3, (1966-1968) RD RD-0000 Seaman
Bryan, John, CPO, (1965-1986) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Bryan, John, CPO, (1965-1986) IM IM-0000 Seaman
Daniels, Richard Lewis, PO2, (1965-1971) ET ET-1444 Seaman
Fafford, Ken, PO2, (1966-1973) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Gardner, Melvin Hollman, PO3, (1966-1969) SOG SOG-0000 Seaman
Jewell, Fred, PO3, (1964-1968) ETN ETR-0000 Seaman
LUTZ, BARRY, PO1, (1965-1971) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Mitchell, G D, LCDR, (1967-1988) ET ET-0000 Seaman
Prevatt III, Thomas, SCPO, (1964-1992) GM GM-0876 Seaman

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