Paul F Frontiero Sr
5/03/1925 to 1/13/2012
GLOUCESTER — Paul Francis Frontiero, Sr., 86, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday morning, January 13, 2012, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Born in Boston on May 3, 1925, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Lovasco) Frontiero. During World War II, he had served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a Seaman 1st Class and Boatcoxswain.
Paul was very proud of his service and had fought in numerous campaigns including landing Marines in the first wave of the invasion of Japan where prisoners from six nations were waiting for them on the docks. For his service he was awarded the American, Asiatic and Pacific medals, Philippine Invasion and Liberation medal, Japan Occupation and Victory medal with three Battle Stars.
As a young man, Paul began fishing with his father and had worked on many boats as an engineer, cook and doryman. He later gave up fishing to raise his three boys and began his career as an artist. Paul was an accomplished artist and his works hang in many private collections around the world.
From my brother Joe;
“My dad never talked about the war much until he got older then it all came back to him. The nightmares and even guilt of watching so many die and him surviving. He was proud but haunted by it. I never realized what is what like for him until I saw that opening seen in Saving Private Ryan and it was just as he described. He was 17 when he enlisted. He had already spent a number of years fishing for weeks at a time to help support his parents. He was one of those members of the greatest generation. Miss you dad!”
Top left; Paul Frontiero Sr 1943
Top Right; My father in his LCVP LSD-17
bottom left: My Father with a Japanese work party. He would ferry them around to different sites.
He would also sneak them fruit when he could.
He was also in the first wave to enter japan after the surrender.
bottom right; Burials at sea.