William is buried at Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey
Plot: Section U Site 518
…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