The Hampton Bays School District honored Vietnam veteran Frederick Dacierno by flying an American flag in his honor through the month of March.
Mr. Dacierno’s family first moved to the area from Freeport, where his father worked for Scopinich’s Freeport Point Shipyard, to work at the Scopiniches’ Hampton Shipyard in East Quogue. In December 1969 he was drafted. Mr. Dacierno wanted to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers, so he volunteered and enlisted for three years. If he had accepted the two-year draft commitment, he would not have had a choice of military specialty.
After training in the Engineer Corps, Mr. Dacierno went to Vietnam in August 1970 and was assigned to the 137th Engineer Company, which was attached to the 39th Engineer Battalion, 18th Brigade.
In February 1971, Mr. Dacierno was assigned to operate a bulldozer in the field where they were building a road. His bulldozer drove over a land mine. He did not hear the explosion and was thrown into a rice paddy, losing his M-16 rifle. His fellow soldiers placed him aboard a MEDEVAC helicopter for evacuation to a field hospital. After he got out of the hospital, he was assigned to company headquarters. A month later, he was assigned to a rock quarry for the rest of his tour. Mr. Dacierno was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor; the Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal; the Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.