2/20/69Fallen Brother RVN
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2/20/69 EO3 William Thomas Franke , PUBLIC WORKS, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV

William Thomas Franke

PERSONAL DATA:
Home of Record Williamstown, NJ
Date of birth: 08/19/1949
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MILITARY DATA:
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Equipment Operator 3rd Class
ID No: B483706
MOS: EO: Equipment Operator
Length Service: 02
Unit: PUBLIC WORKS, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA:
Start Tour: 04/20/1968
Incident Date: 12/25/1968
Casualty Date: 02/20/1969
Age at Loss: 19 (based on date declared dead)
Location: Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Illness or disease

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William is buried at Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey
Plot: Section U Site 518
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DCR Report:
…KIA EO3 William T. Franke NSA Da Nang (WIA 25Dec69)

We served together. I volunteered first, so that he wouldn't go to the Nam and try to be a hero. He volunteered for Brother Duty, 6 months after I arrived in Da Nang. He went to SA HUYEN in southern I Corps. On his bulldozer, helped build an air field, and was responsible for opening up an underground VC hospital complex. He did the John Wayne thing firing at the enemy from atop his steel charger and survived.
Later, he returned to Da Nang and we spent valuable time together. We worked at times out of Deep Water Piers in Da Nang. We were hit with 122mm rockets at 1:30 AM on 17 Nov 68, my birthday. We were both working near the pier area. Several Americans were killed, and many Vietnamese and Korean civilians were killed and injured.
It took us three days of frantic searching through the different casualty lists before we found each other, neither of us had been hurt.
I left 12/20/68, he was critically injured 12/21/68. He never recovered, but did what he had wanted to do...serve his country. That he did very well.

His Brother Bud remembers.
Posted by: Chaplain (Colonel) Albert Franke III


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