Frank J. Perconte was born in Joliet, Illinois on 10 March 1917, and he worked in a steel mill in Gary, Indiana during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the US Army on 17 August 1942, and Perconte, Herman Hanson, Wayne Sisk, and Carwood Lipton were the first four men assigned to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, US 506th Infantry Regiment. In 1942, while on leave from Camp Toccoa, he got married. Perconte particiapted in the airborne assault on Normandy during D-Day and saw action in Operation Market Garden and at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was shot in the leg by a German sniper at Foy. He was demobilized earlier than many of his counterparts and became a postman. He died in Joliet in 2013 at the age of 96.