Dear Sgt. Grit, I am a former resident of Long Island having grew up in Patchogue and until two years ago, resided in Shirley with my wife and children. My wife and I relocated with our family in 2005 to East Tennessee. I am a Class of 1976 graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School and a retired New York City Police Detective. I am also a U.S. Army veteran and am currently serving in Iraq with the U.S. Department of State, Division of Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
My cousin, Frank Fisher, is also a former resident of Patchogue and a Class of 1965 graduate of Patchogue High School. Frank, an only child, was killed in Vietnam on August 27, 1967, forty years ago this month. I’d like to tell his story with the help of your newsletter, which I have enjoyed over the years.
Please find attached, three items. Frank’s story, a Marine Corps photo of Frank, and a photo of a patrol on Go Noi Island, where Frank was killed, similar to the one Frank led in 1967.
Since I am currently deployed to a Combat Outpost in western Iraq, e-mail is the quickest way to contact me.
However, I hope that you will see fit to publish this story about a local hero from 40-years ago, which up to now, has not been told.
Mario De Lucia
Detective – NYPD (Retired)
IPTF @ aol.com