Marine Capt. Warren A. Frank — July 2013 Shipment Honoree
Died November 25, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
Marine slain on mercy missionBy Eileen Kelley
An Anderson Township Marine who died in Iraq this week was killed during a humanitarian mission, his family said. Capt. Warren A. Frank, 26, died Tuesday while participating in a food distribution mission north of Baghdad. His team came under small arms fire by an attacker in an Iraqi soldier’s uniform. It was not known if the outfit was a disguise or if the Marine was slain by an Iraqi soldier. Many members of the Iraqi military have been trained by U.S. troops. Also killed in the attack was a U.S. soldier. Several service members were injured.
“Our son wanted nothing more than to make a difference in our world,” said Frank’s father, Warren R. Frank, in a statement sent to the media. “He was not a movie version soldier, but a man who looked forward to loving his children.”
If Frank was killed by an Iraqi soldier, it would be at least the second time since the 2002 U.S. invasion that a Greater Cincinnati Marine has been killed by a member of Iraq’s military. Cpl. Bryan Taylor was killed in April 2006, just weeks after arriving in Iraq. His unit had been living with the then-fledgling Iraqi Army. Taylor was refueling his Humvee when he was shot. All told, more than 4,200 U.S. service members have lost their lives in the war.
Frank grew up in Anderson Township. He is survived by his wife, Allison, and daughters Sophia Lynn and Isabella Grace. They live in Okinawa, Japan, with their mother, where Frank’s unit was based. Locally he leaves behind his father, his mother, Rebecca, and his sister Sara. Frank is a 2000 graduate of Turpin High School and a 2004 graduate of the Citadel.
The written statement from the family suggested that Frank had done at least three tours in Iraq. It also said that he looked forward to retiring from the service and planned to teach high school history and coach track. “Our deep sorrow is not in the life we had with him, but in the loss of life we always thought we would share,” wrote Frank’s father. “He was our son, our brother, devoted husband and an enthusiastic father. He is our reminder that all generations have those who comprise ‘The Greatest Generation.’”
Funeral arrangements are pending, though the elder Frank said it is likely his son will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Birth: Mar. 4, 1982 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio, USA Death: Nov. 25, 2008, Iraq
Marine Capt. Frank was assigned to the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. He was killed while participating in a food distribution mission in Biaj, located outside Mosul. His team came under small arms fire by an attacker in an Iraqi soldier’s uniform. It was not known if the outfit was a disguise or if he was slain by an Iraqi soldier.
Warren graduated in 2000 from Turpin High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to graduate in 2004 from The Citadel where he majored in political science. He was on his third deployment to Iraq when he was killed. Warren was looking forward to retiring from the service so he could spend more time with his wife, Allison, and two young daughters. He planned on teaching history at a high school and coaching track. Warren was a wonderful husband, father and patriot who wanted to make a difference in the world.Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 60, Site 8745 Courtesy of: Find A Grave
My name is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marc N. Shelton. I am an active duty U.S. Marine stationed at MCAS Miramar. I wear a hero bracelet bearing the names of two of the finest men in the world. The bracelet serves as a small memorial to the Marine Captain and Army Master Sergeant who both lost their lives on Nov 25th 2008.
We were ambushed by terrorists while giving out food to impoverished Iraqis in the city of Bi’aj located in the Ninewa province. I was hit several times as well as another Lieutenant Colonel. Even though injured I was very angry as I watched helplessly as one of my friends slipped away at my feet. Following the firefight and evac, the MSG passed enroute back to the COP.
Captain Warren A. Frank / USMC and Master Sergeant Anthony Davis / USA are who I wear my hero bracelet for. I will never forget them. My Family wears purple hero bracelets to represent my Purple Heart; as a small reminder of how much I love them and want to keep them and our country safe from the faces of evil.Sincerely, Marc Shelton CWO2/USMC Courtesy of: Hero Bracelets