Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Schuylkill Countians Serving in the War on Terror
Men and Women of the 378th CSB
Lt.Col Frank Piacine Capturing Sadam's Head!
In today’s war on Terror there are many Schuylkill Countians who have put their life on the line for us at home. In this little blog I want to share some photos my brother in law Lt. Col Francis Piacine, known to family members as “Frank” took while serving in Southwest Asia.
Frank’s military lineage of his family has had members who have served this country since the Revolutionary War. One relative served as a Drummer Boy at General Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown. He had others who served in Captain Wills Cavalry from Berks County during the Rev. War. His Great GGGrandfather was wounded in the head during the Civil War while charging a rebel battery at Parker’s Store, Virginia in November of 1863 while serving with the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Another member was a First Defender in the National Light Infantry and then joined the famed 96th Pennsylvania Infantry and was killed while charging rebels at Salem Church, Near Fredericksburg Virginia. His Grandfather served in the Army during World War 1. His father Francis (Choc) Piacine served with the engineers in World War 2 in the Philippines and New Guinea.
Frank A Penn State Grad, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division and served on active duty with that Unit attaing the rank of Captain. He then served with the United States Army Reserve. After twenty years of service Frank retired as a Lt. Col.
During his time in Kuwait and Iraq he was the Commanding Officer and served with the 378th CSB Battalion an Army reserve unit from Ft. Indiantown Gap. His battalion mission was to provide combat support to the other fighting units in the war. He helped with a staging base for the men and women, moving in and out of Iraq.