On this the last Memorial Day commemoration of this century, the City of Glen Cove Memorial Day Parade Guest of Honor was decorated World War II and Korean War veteran Frank Suszcynski. On behalf of a grateful city, Mayor Thomas Suozzi presented Mr. Suszcynski with a citation in recognition of the veteran's impressive history with the Marines. Mr. Suszcynski, who was moved by having been chosen for the designation as Memorial Day Guest of Honor, thanked everyone for the privilege of representing all veterans of all wars, and most especially everyone who died while serving this country.
Frank Suszcynski enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Saipan. He saw action in Okinawa in April, 1945. Frank was in the occupation forces stationed in Nagasaki and Sasabo with the Second Marine Div., 6th Regiment Weapons Company from Sept. 1945 until his discharge in July, 1946. Frank promptly re-enlisted and served as Marine Honor Guard at the United Nations. He was discharged in 1948 and Frank immediately enlisted with the inactive reserves. He was called into action during the Korean Police Action in October, 1950. In Korea, Frank served in three campaigns with the First Marine Div., 5th Regiment Weapons Company. They were: the first UN counter offensive from Jan. 25 through April 21, 1951; the Chinese communist forces spring offensive April 22 through July 8, 1951 and the US summer/fall offensive July 9 through Nov. 27, 1951.
Frank has earned numerous medals and citations while serving his country. He has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, United Nations Citation, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, United Nations Medal, United Nations Citation, NY State Conspicuous Service Cross and the Four Chaplains Award. Frank is a life member of the Globe and Anchor Detachment Marine Corps League, Glen Cove and was the commandant for five years. He is a life member of the VFW James Donahue Post 347 in Glen Cove, the American Legion Post 76 Glen Cove and the Disabled American Veterans.