Written by Bob Hogan Wednesday, 20 May 2009 17:20The American Legion has selected Frank Borzellieri to serve as co-Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Port Washington. Frank is a 12-year veteran of the American Legion and active member of the Marine Corps League for over 20 years.
Frank Borzellieri was born and raised in our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He attended PS 17 and, in June 1950 graduated from Metropolitan Vocational High School. In February 1951, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was sent to basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina boot camp. From boot camp, he was sent for intensive combat training in Port Pendleton, California.
On completion of basic, he was assigned to the Third Marine Division under the well-known Marine commander, Lieutenant General Lewis ‘Chesty’ Puller. His combat training experience qualified him for the elite pistol team at Fort Pendleton, where he achieved a number of awards for his proficiency with the .45 caliber automatic pistol and the M1 rifle.
Frank received intensive training in amphibian and helicopter landings in preparation for reassignment to the conflict in Korea. Before shipping out, hostilities were discontinued and the armistice ending the Korean War was eventually signed on July 27, 1953. Frank returned to New York after receiving an honorable discharge in June 1952 and began a career with the Carpenters Union, where he worked on the United Nations’ building and many of the other large skyscrapers in Manhattan. In 1958, he met his wife Margaret at a dance in our Lady of Peace Parish in Brooklyn. In the early 1960s, he went into business for himself and formed Frank’s Floor Covering Company based in Ridgewood, Queens. Frank acquired a fondness for Port Washington after his business brought him to working in a number of Port schools and, in 1973 Frank and Margaret purchased a home in Manorhaven.
In 1999, Frank retired and with his wife, Margaret traveled extensively around the world and developed a special fondness for the Caribbean. In October 2008, they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Frank and Margie have raised two children. Their son Frank teaches English and journalism; daughter Maria is a teacher’s aide. Frank, who exercises and works hard to remain in combat shape, enjoys his long walks in Port. Frank and Margaret have high praise for life in Port with its exquisite beauty of Manhasset Bay and variety of great restaurants.