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FRANKLIN LEROY KOCH


is honored on Panel 23W, Line 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    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 coffeltdatabase.org and digitaledition.qwinc.com]
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  • High School friends

    Posted on 3/11/15 - by Joan Bonnevier Bartz jsbartz@cableone.net
    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.
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  • I nerver met Frank but fell like I know him a little.

    Posted on 1/15/15 - by Sean Welch seanwelch71@gmail.com
    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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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/25/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT Franklin Leroy Koch, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • On this Memorial Day

    Posted on 5/28/12 - by Ed Cardon ed@epcsearchinternational.com

    Today is Memorial Day and this Vietnam Veteran honors all those who fell during the Vietnam War and all the wars fought for our country. May you all rest in God’s embrace and be reunited with your friends and family in a better world.
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The Wall of Faces

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