Robert Frascotti was born on February 13, 1923, in Milford, Massachusetts. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Air Forces and awarded his pilot wings at Marianna, Florida, on March 25, 1943, and then completed advanced fighter training and served in the United States until deploying to England in March 1944. Lt Frascotti joined the 486th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group in England in March 1944, and was credited with the destruction of 2 enemy aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields before he was killed during takeoff for the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.