Frank made his final landing on the great heliport in the sky on January 22nd, '09. During some 20 years in the Army Frank had fought in the Korean War and in Vietnam with D Troop, 3rd Sqdn, 4th Cav. As an Infantryman during the Korean War and an Air Cavalryman in 'Nam Frank was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, 8 Purple Hearts, as well as an Army Commendation and Korean Service Medals. Frank's greatest recognition and achievement was as a gunship pilot and team and section leader. In the era of helicopter gunnery where the weapon sight consisted of a grease pencil cross on the helicopter's windshield Frank would consistently drive a 2.75 inch rocket through the doorway of a Viet Cong hooch. It became a challenge to all Centaur gunship pilots to meet his gunnery and fighting ability. Frank became known throughout the Squadron and to Divisional units, Special Forces and ARVN Advisors throughout Tay Ninh Province for his willingness and ability to provide gunship support for units locked in combat or requiring med-evac gunship assistance. His radio call sign 'Centaur 25' was a sign of relief and respect to those locked in combat. Thus Frank, a quiet guy, was a silent hero in D Troop and to all units whose radio net he reached. Frank is interred at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, RI in plot section J-7 row 2.