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  • Family

    Posted on 11/14/18 - by Lisa Koch - Opalewski
    Doing my genealogy it always saddens me to find family that was taken far too soon, but even more so when they died in war. Thank you cousin for your service and the ultimate sacrifice. Some day I hope we no longer sacrifice our sons and daughters to wars foreign nor domestic.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/22/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    First Lieutenant Franklin Leroy Koch, Served with the 15th Engineer Company, 299th Engineer Battalion, 937th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, United States Army Vietnam Engineer Command, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by
    In the first half of 1969, three companies of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion and the 15th Light Equipment Company defended the big American base and air strip at Dak To, RVN, against the North Vietnamese Army’s 66th Infantry Regiment and 40th Artillery Regiment. From January through July of 1969, some six hundred bulldozer drivers, crane and front-end loader operators, mechanics, medics, cooks, clerks, truck drivers, and other non-infantry men defended the rugged, jungle-covered mountain in the Central Highlands northwest of Kontum near the Laos and Cambodian borders. From May 9 until the second week of July, the NVA shelled the mountain virtually every day with 122mm rockets, 81mm mortar rounds, recoilless rifles, and B-40 rockets. The deadliest single attack took place on May 28, 1969, when a 122mm NVA rocket came screaming directly into the 15th Light Equipment’s headquarters bunker. The heavily sandbagged bunker, sunk some twenty feet in the ground, was crowded with engineers, including a thirty-man reaction force. Nine men, including Company Commander 1LT Franklin L. Koch, were killed. The other lost Americans comprised FSGT Dudley J. Benefiel Jr., SP4 Floyd E. Barber, SP5 James S. Colombero, SP4 Valentine M. Dwornik, SP4 Edward T. Kiezkowski, SP4 David R. Mann, SP4 Dennis R. Meetze, and SFC Luther R. Perkins (who died of his wounds on June 9, 1969). Another nineteen were wounded. [Taken from and]
  • High School friends

    Posted on 3/11/15 - by Joan Bonnevier Bartz
    I went to Wheaton High with Frank and Georgette. I just found this information and am so very sad. If Georgette reads these up-dates, I hope she will contact me through my e-mail address.
  • I nerver met Frank but fell like I know him a little.

    Posted on 1/15/15 - by Sean Welch
    I never met Frank, but until a few minutes I was doing research online trying to locate him. In 1994 photographs of Frank were found by myself and coworkers inside a wallet belonging to his high school sweetheart, a woman named Georgette Fisher. The wallet contains several photos of Frank and Georgette as well as other high school friends of Georgette. The wallet was found in a wall that was being torn down as part of a remodel of the restaurant on Pickney St. in Madison, WI. We have assumed that wallet was stolen and stashed in the wall in 1963, the latest date we could find among the contents.The wallet has been in my possession for a long time and as online technology has improved so has my picture of Frank and Georgette. I was very sad to find out that Frank died in Vietnam in 1969. Many times I have hoped I would find him alive and be able to share these pictures with him. My search for Georgette Fisher continues. I will scan and add the photos and other effects to Frank's memorial ASAP. If anyone reading this knows the whereabouts or fate of Georgette Fisher please feel free to email me.
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