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
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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USS Liberty Attack
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Other Comments:
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 Incident (Israel)
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The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two marines, and one civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.

Israel apologized for the attack, saying that the USS Liberty had been attacked in error after being mistaken for an Egyptian ship. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the ship's identity, though others, including survivors of the attack, have rejected these conclusions and maintain that the attack was deliberate.

In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3,323,500 (US$22.9 million 2017) in compensation to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3,566,457 to the men who had been wounded. On 18 December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million as settlement for the final U.S. bill of $17,132,709 for material damage to Liberty herself plus 13 years' interest.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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June / 1967
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June / 1967
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

USS Liberty (AGTR-5)

 
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  105 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aimetti, Americo, LCDR, (1964-1971)
  • Anderson, Henry, PO3, (1963-1967)
  • Baker, Edward, PO2, (1966-1969)
  • Baker, Richard, CPO, (1955-1975)
  • Berry, Marcus, CPO, (1966-1994)
  • Booth, John, PO2, (1990-1994)
  • Bradley, Thomas, MCPO, (1964-1991)
  • Brandt, David, PO2, (1964-1970)
  • Calligan, John, PO1, (1964-1968)
  • Casper, William, SN, (1965-1968)
  • Clevenger, William, PO2, (1966-1969)
  • Coheley, John, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Concepcion, Rod, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • East, Don, CAPT, (1957-1992)
  • Fant, Robert St.Clair, CDR, (1960-1980)
  • Follin, Donald, SN, (1965-1968)
  • Hedley, Keith, PO2, (1966-1969)
  • Hill, John, PO2, (1965-1971)
  • Lamkin, Carlyle, CPO
  • LeMay, William, PO2, (1964-1968)
  • Meadors, Joseph, PO2, (1966-1972)
  • MEYER, STEPHEN, PO2, (1965-1968)
  • Myrons, Bill, CPO
  • Nagel, Raymond, PO3, (1965-1967)
  • Painter, Lloyd, LT, (1965-1969)
  • Painter, Lloyd, LT, (1965-1969)
  • Reilly, Robert, SA
  • Skauge, Gordon, SCPO, (1962-1992)
  • Smith, Jerry, SN, (1965-1968)
  • Surette, Gerry, PO3, (1963-1967)
  • Thorn, Larry, PO2, (1964-1968)
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