Francis C. Miduski

Second Lieutenant, United States Army


A Company
First Battalion
27th Infantry Regiment

25th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 5, 1967
Buried at: Arlington National Cemetery
                  Arlington, Virginia
Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Honorable Service Award

SECOND LIEUTENANT FRANCIS CHARLES MIDUSKI  was born April 8, 1944 in Camden, New Jersey. He grew up in Camden and was a 1962 graduate of Camden Catholic High School. A member of the United States Army Reserves, he began his tour of duty in Vietnam on August 16, 1967.

Second Lieutenant Miduski was killed at Hua Nghia, South Vietnam on October 5, 1967 while examining unexploded ordnance. He was survived by his wife, the former Eileen Lickfeld and daughter Karen. 

I joined the Army in January, 1966, and took Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY. Upon completion of Basic, I went to Fort Dix, NJ, for AIT Infantry. When I finished AIT, I spent 2 months as an Assistant Drill Instructor, while waiting for orders to Fort Benning, GA, for OCS. I attended Infantry OCS, graduating from OC 12-67, on February 21, 1967.

Upon receiving my Gold Bar as a Second Lieutenant, I was assigned to a Basic Training Company back at Fort Knox. I started my service in Co. E, 14th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade. When it was closed down, I was transferred to Co. D, 13th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade.

I spent the last couple of months prior to going to Vietnam on TDY to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA, working with an ROTC Summer Camp Company.

On September 26, 1967, I was assigned to Co. A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry. I spent the next five days attending the Lightning Replacement Training Center, before joining the company at Duc Hoa. I was assigned to command the Weapons Platoon by Captain Peter Gleszer, the CO. His philosophy was that new LT's needed to observe, before they commanded. I spent the next several days following Staff Sergeant Lyle, and observing any and all things which happened, asking questions, and paying close attention to the answers given to me. I really feel that those days were well spent. I was able to be involved, but had no command responsibility. It was a chance to see what was going on, before assuming the command of a rifle platoon. I will always be grateful to Captain Gleszer for that opportunity to learn.

On the night of Oct. 4-5, something happened which changed the course of events. An unexploded LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon, like a rocket) was brought back into the Battalion Base Camp. The rumor was that someone at Battalion ordered that it be brought back in, instead of blowing it in place, which was SOP (or should have been) in a situation like that. In the evening 1st Platoon members were called together to try to figure why the LAW didn't go off. (Big Mistake!) The LAW finally exploded, and killed the Platoon Leader, Second Lieutenant Francis Miduski, Sergeant Nathan Rivers, and Nevada Ellison. That night proved to be my introduction into the world of wounds. People were calling in-coming and running for shelter. When it was realized that it wasn't in-coming, everyone settled down and went back to what their duties. I went to see if there was anything I could do to help. I ended up holding the light for the medic who was working on Sgt. Rivers. I didn't know then that he was going to die, but I knew that what had happened to him wasn't good.

First Lieutenant Gary L. Huber

Francis Charles Miduski, son of Mary and Francis, was born on April 8, 1944, in Camden, NJ. His home of record is Camden, NJ. A 1962 graduate of Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, NJ, his interests included cars, computers and dancing.

He enlisted in the US Army and went on to work for IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY. He then received his orders to go to Vietnam where he attained the rank of Second Lieutenant (2LT). Francis Miduski went to Vietnam on August 16, 1967.

On October 5, 1967, at the age of twenty-three, Miduski was killed in action in the Hua Nghia Province of South Vietnam leaving behind a wife, Eileen, sister, Donna and daughter, Karen. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Honorable Service Award.

I was only 17 months old when my father, Francis Charles Miduski, was killed in Vietnam. I have no memory of him and can only tell what I know from my mother and his sister.

He was born in Camden, NJ on April 8, 1944, and grew up there. He attended Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, NJ, and graduated in 1962.

After he graduated, he enlisted in the US Army for 1 or 2 years and then went on to work for IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY. He married my mother, Eileen Lickfeld from Pennsauken, NJ, on May 24, 1965, and I was born a year later on May 10, 1966.

He received his orders to go to Vietnam, and arrived there on August 16, 1967. Less than two months later, he was killed by “friendly fire” on October 5, 1967, at the age of 23. One of our bombs wasn’t working properly and he and a few other soldiers were working on it when it went off.

My mother told me he had a genius IQ and he always dressed to the “T”. His shirts and pants were always perfectly pressed. She told me they met at a local dance and danced to the song “Going to the Chapel”. To this day, that song still reminds her of him and the night they met.

My Aunt Donna (his sister) tells me stories of how it was when they grew up together. He was her big brother and she always looked up to him for advice, getting her out of trouble, or getting them both out of a mess. She could always count on him to be there for her.

All I have are the memories my family shared with me, some photos, and some things of his that were returned after his death. I’ve been to his grave in Arlington, VA, and have seen his name on the wall in Washington, DC, and also on the wall in Holmdel, NJ. I know that he was someone I am proud of today.

Written by Karen Miduski-Whyte, Daughter

is honored on Panel 27E Line 54 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

I'm sorry you didn't see what a beautiful and kind women your daughter Karen became. I know I'm her Aunt but she still feels like my other daughter. You would be proud to know that Karen keeps your picture, hat, medals and the folded American flag on her fireplace mantel for all to see.



Joyce Undercuffler
July 4, 2001

I knew Francis for many years as we grew up near each other until I moved to another part of Camden in 1957.
He was a good kid and will be missed..

Mark Barnard
February 7, 2008

An Uncle I never knew

Karen is a sister to me, not a cousin and will always be this way to me! She is so sweet, loving and a very special person. I know these are just some of the qualities she got from you! We are all proud of Karen "Bird" and always will be. I only wish I could have met you. You are truly missed and thought of often. 


Your Niece, Donna Jeanne

Donna Jeanne Archer
October 23, 2003