Frank Nicosia, 100 years old of Brocton, New York passed away at his home on Thursday afternoon July 5, 2018. He was born in Brocton, New York on April 12, 1918 to Anthony and Josephine Valvo Nicosia. Frank has lived in this area his entire life. He had worked as a Signal Maintainer for the New York Central and Conrail Railroad Systems from 1935 to 1978. Frank also served his country during World War II in the United States Army in Unit 479 AMPH Truck Co. DUKW. He served in the European Theater in Campaigns in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Germany. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and invasions of Italy and Sicily. Frank received the Good Conduct Medal for his service in the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He also received the Silver Star, The Bronze Star and The British Arrow and the American Defense Service Medal, the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal and last of all Frank received The Purple Heart. It is worth noting and especially important to remember Frank's incredible contribution to D-Day. The United States military had become increasingly in need of amphibious vehicles. The new DUKW's or “Ducks” that were being built were not functioning properly. They would start and then quickly quit for no apparent reason. Because the engineers could not solve the problem of its quitting, they put some of the Ducks on various bases and told everyone to study them and find the flaw if they could. Frank looked at them and finally realized that a compartment for storing wet clothing was unsealed and located over a mechanical compartment. This enabled salt water to leak out of the clothing compartment, drip down, and short out the mechanical/ electrical compartments below. This discovery corrected the problem and now enabled the Ducks to take on the Normandy Invasion successfully and that invasion changed the course of the War. Back at home, Frank belonged to St. Dominic's (formerly St. Patrick's) Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York, the VFW 1395 of Fredonia, New York, the Fredonia American Legion Post 59 of Fredonia New York and the Westfield Loyal Order of the Moose.
Frank is survived by many cousins and friends. Besides his parents and stepfather Samuel Fama, he was predeceased by his wife Alice Thieman Nicosia whom he had married in 1966 and who passed away on January 29, 1986, one brother Joseph A Nicosia and one sister Carmela Fama who died in 1998.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday July 9, 2018 at 10 am from St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 12 Central Ave. in Brocton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Romeo Hontiveros. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded to honor Frank by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton and where the American Flag will be presented to Commander Henry Link by Chaplin Fran Lus to be kept in his memory at the Brocton American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave, Brocton, N.Y. on Sunday July 8, 2018 from 6-8 pm Sunday evening. Memorials in Frank's memory are to be made to The Brocton Fire dept, Lake Ave, Brocton, New york 14716 and/or The Brocton American Legion Post 434, 110 West Main St., Brocton, New York 14716.