Francis Michael Michinok was born on June 14, 1947 to Charles and Ann Michinok who lived in Coatesville, Chester County.
Francis graduated from Scott High School. After high school, he worked at Lukens Steel until entering the service in December, 1966 and was attached to the Army’s Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry division. He received basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
While stationed in the Pleiku area in Vietnam, Private First Class Francis Michael Michinok was killed while on sniper patrol on August 6, 1967.
Below is a note from Francis' cousin, Lou:
Francis- I waited so long to write because I could not find words to adequately express my sorrow. I still cannot. I cherish your memory. You died one month before my son Louie’s baptism. The day I heard of your passing I knew Louie’s middle name would be Francis. I miss and will always remember you, Aunt Anna, Uncle Duck and Patty. You will always be a part of my memories of the west end where our relatives and friends, resided together in harmony.
I will look for you “down at the corner” up in heaven.
Your cousin, Lou
Francis was laid to rest at Saint Cecilia Cemetery in Coatesville.