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Thanks, Uncle Bob

November 11, 2010

Captain Robert Lee Frank died on an isalnd in the Pacific in WWII. He was brave. He was courageous. He died selflessly.

He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. “He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

Thanks Uncle Bob, and the countless nameless others, who gave up a promising future – higher education, careers, even marriage and children – to keep our country secure.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I was able to find the full text from the letter that accompanied the medal that was sent to his parents after his death.

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the
Navy Cross to Captain Robert L. Frank (MCSN: 0-9582), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company L, Third Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Guam, Marianas Islands, from 21 to 27 July 1944. With the combat efficiency of his command imperiled by many casualties among the officers and men, Captain Frank Exercised exceptional responsibility on behalf of his troops and repeatedly exposed himself to intense, concentrated rifle, machine-gun and mortar fire to direct the fire and tactical dispositions of his assault platoons. Skillfully and expeditiously setting up a strong defense after reaching the objective just before nightfall following a furious engagement on 25 July, he promptly established contact with another battalion on his right flank. Sustaining two vicious counterattacks during the hours of darkness, he boldly led his men in repelling the fierce onslaughts and annihilating over 200 hostile troops. Continually moving about among his front line troops and personally directing combat operations, he inspired his intrepid command to heroic effort in the execution of each hazardous mission throughout this grueling period until he was struck down by hostile fire during an extremely perilous engagement on 27 July. Later succumbing to his wounds, Captain Frank, by his forceful and determined leadership in the face of grave danger, had contributed immeasurably to the success of our sustained drive toward the recapture of this vital Japanese stronghold, and his selfless devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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  1. November 11, 2010 5:56 pm

    >Thanks to Uncle Bob and every one of our troops past, present and future that keeps democracy alive in the United States of America. He truly sacrificed everything he had to preserve a way of life that we currently enjoy and will hopefully endure for generations to come. – Fellow Veteran.

  2. November 15, 2010 12:57 am

    >I am glad you could tell his story. I wish the stories of each and every veteran could be written with such dignity and honor. You are using your gift in so many wonderful ways. Thank you!

  3. November 16, 2010 3:09 pm

    >What an incredible legacy for your boys! I wrote a series about WWII veterans for our newspaper (men in our county who served) and their stories were unbelievable. Such courage and heroism … thanks for sharing your story – I loved reading it.

  4. November 11, 2011 12:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve always wanted to know more about my grandpa, who fought and was injured in the Pacific Theater somewhere. Where did you find the letter?

    • November 14, 2011 9:56 am

      I googled his name – I knew what branch of the military he served in and approximately where he died. It wasn’t hard to locate in the info. When I sent this on to my Granddad, Uncle Bob’s younger brother, he was really moved. He had never before seen the letter.

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