BADOLATI, FRANK NEIL
Name: Frank Neil Badolati Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Special Forces Unit: HQ & HQ Company, 5th Special Forces Group ABN 1SF SFG Date of Birth: 19 March 1933 (New York, NY) Home City of Record: Goffstown NH Date of Loss: 29 January 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 143704N 1085242E (BS719172) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0242
Other Personnel In Incident: Cecil J. Hodgson; Ronald T. Terry (both missing); Wiley W. Grey (survived) (other survivors)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2006.
REMARKS: BAD WOUND-PROB BLED TO DEATH-J
SYNOPSIS: Frank N. Badaloti and Ronald T. Terry were riflemen on a Special Forces reconnaissance team operating in An Lao Valley of Binh Dinh Province 12 miles west of Tam Quan in South Vietnam when his team was split during a firefight. The patrol came under enemy fire on the afternoon of 28 January 1966 during which time Badolati was hit. Cecil Hodgson, the patrol leader, from Detachment B52 Delta, was apparently treating Badolati's wounds as the patrol traveled in small groups from the location where Badolati was hit. Badolati was with two other individuals who survived, and as he was too badly wounded to continue, the three remained for about two hours in their position.
Badolati's condition worsened, and when the two survivors left the area, they reported that Badolati was dead. They had no choice but to leave his body behind.
Hodgson and Terry evaded for the rest of the day. On January 29, they moved at first light into a defensive position, whereupon they encountered enemy forces and another firefight ensued. Terry indicated that he had been hit, and others thought he had been killed. When they looked for Hodgson, he was gone. Survivors heard additional shots, which they believed were shots fired at Hodgson, and they believed he also had been killed.
The team could not search for Hodgson because of the heavy enemy activity, and were forced to move to a rallying point. They evaded capture for the remainder of the day, and were ultimately picked up by helicopter.
Searches for all three missing were conducted for the next 4 days with no results. Hodgson was classified Missing In Action. Badolati and Terry were classified Killed/Body Not Recovered.
Since the end of the war, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S Government. Many authorities who have reviewed this intelligence material, including a former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, believe that hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive. Hodgson could be among them. If alive, what must he be thinking of us?
02/14/2006 A Man is Not Dead Until He is Forgotten The Story of Frank N. Badolati by Ray Davidson
After a trip to the Vietnam Wall the daughter of Goffstown, New Hampshire native, SSGT Frank Badolati wrote, "It was terribly sad and lonely, but there I found a place to cry and many people to share my tears. I don't believe I will ever see my father in this lifetime. .....
Ray Davidson is a syndicated columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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