Frosio, Robert Clarence, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1966, VA-12 Flying Ubangis
Service Years
1950 - 1966
Commander
Commander

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Diego, CA
Last Address
Warrington, FL

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1966
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 061

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My memories of Bob Frosio.
Bob Frosio was my Godfather. I don't know too many details about him but I shall relate what I know. Bob's father had been one of the early Naval Aviators. Bob and my father were also Naval aviators during WW2 and probably met each other at Pensacola, Florida at least by 1944 when I was born and Baptised.
Because of the periodic change in duty stations in Naval careers, we moved on and I did not meet Bob again until about 1956 when he visited our home in Norfolk, Virginia. He impressed me as being an energetic, friendly person and he gave me a set of prints of navy airplanes. After that I never saw him again.
I learned about his death probably from my father. He said that Bob was the Commanding Officer of an A-4 squadron and that after a strike on Hanoi one of his pilots was returning to the carrier with an aircraft that had been damaged in the attack. The damage had disabled the aircraft's electrical system and the plane had no lights - and probably no radio etc. Bob turned back to help the pilot return to the ship but they somehow collided and crashed into the sea.
In the 90's I met a niece of his near San Diego where his parents had retired.
Carl Rosengrant
Posted by: Carl Rosengrant
Email: roseng@spawar.navy.mil
Relationship: Godson
Saturday, January 29, 2000
   
Comments/Citation


 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
 
Year Awarded
1966
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Robert Clarence Frosio (NSN: 0-532815), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 21 August 1966, as flight leader of an eight-plane flight of A-4E aircraft against the Thanh Hoa Railway Station in North Vietnam.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1967)
Action Date: August 21, 1966
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
 
 


 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
 
Year Awarded
1966
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Robert Clarence Frosio (NSN: 0-532815), United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for sustained heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 10 August to 12 November 1966, in leading daily strikes against heavily defended targets in North Vietnam.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1967)
Action Date: August 10 - November 12, 1966
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
   
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