~MEMBERS CAREER BIOGRAPHY~
Frank served our country as follows;
1966-1968 Forbes AFB, Topeka, KS, CH-3C’s, had missions to Bogota Columbia for material support; mountain tops in Columbia where drop offs were made.
Left Topeka for UH-1F maintenance school in Wichita Falls, TX. Upon completion of school I reported to Nha Trang Vietnam to 20th SOS Green Hornets where I was assigned to flight crew as a door gunner. 1968 to 1969. CH-3C’s and Huey's.
Because of shortage of personnel at Udorn with the 20th Green Hornets, I was sent TDY to Udorn because of my CH-3C,s experience where I finished out my first tour.
1969-1970 Stationed at Udorn Thailand with 20th SOS Pony Express where I flew with Air America operations in support of the CIA that had missions in northern Laos and North Vietnam. Gunner again. CH-3C’s.
After 1970 they let me come home for a few months and then off again to report to the 21st SOS Dust Devils from 1971-1972. Those missions were again with Air America in support of the CIA . We also transported military personnel to various locations in Laos and North Vietnam and were involved in relocating thousands of Cambodian civilians to safe locations South due to the Viet Cong murdering civilians. CH-3C’s.
1973-1974 Assigned to the 350th SRS Recon Squadron Davis Monthan AFB AZ as a flight engineer. I was sent to Da Nang Vietnam TDY to support our mission for drone recovery. These drones were used to map North Vietnam and this information was used for the next day's bombing attacks. These drones were mid air retrievals at 10,000 feet over the South China Sea.
1974- 6month TDY to NKP, Thailand, assigned to the 99th SRS Buffalo Hunters. Flight engineer crew member to retrieve drones. CH-3’Cs. (350th SRS Davis Monthan AFB, AZ)
1975 -1976 Osan AFB, Korea, DET 37 ARRS, Jolly Green. Non Flying assigned to quality control. Due to personnel shift appointed detachment supervisor responsible for HH-3C’s to support rescue missions.
1976 - 1978 Bergstrom AFB, Austin, TX. 4502 CAMS non flying. NCOIC helicopter section. HH-53s. In this position until retirement in 1978.
When stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in AZ the Washington State Forestry Service purchased 4 HH-43B/F Husky helicopters from the "bone yard" at DM AFB. They contacted me and I was asked to pick my own crew to refurbish these aircraft and have in operational order within 30 days for an FCF. These Aircraft were then flown to Olympia Washington to be used in the State Forestry Service for fire fighting.