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is honored on Panel 16E, Line 109 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 2/19/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Master Sergeant Frank Luther Huddleston, Served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Final Mission of MSGT Frank L. Huddleston

    Posted on 1/4/18 - by
    On May 17, 1966, Operation Hardihood commenced with two battalions of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 1st/503rd and the 2nd/503rd, flying into the Nui Dat area in Phuoc Tuy Province, RVN, to begin a sweep of the surrounding countryside. The Americans encountered several groups of Viet Cong of company size, and it was apparent that there was at least one enemy battalion in the area of Nui Dat, assisted by some companies of guerillas. One of the American companies was badly mauled on the first day of the operation. At 3:30 PM, Bravo Company of the 1st/503rd was moving up the western slope of Hill 72, one and a half miles north of Nui Dat. They knew that they were being followed by a Viet Cong rifleman carrying a radio, but they did not know that in their path was a Viet Cong company who were being guided by the man with the radio. The Americans were caught in deadly cross fire of a box ambush to which were quickly added 60mm mortar bombs. By the time that they had extricated themselves, they had lost 12 killed and 19 wounded—a heavy blow for an infantry company to sustain. The lost Sky Soldiers included PFC Artis W. Anderson, PFC Richard W. Bullock, PFC Walter L. Burroughs, SP4 Tony Dedman, PFC Kenneth E. Duncan, PFC Felix Esparza Jr., PVT Allen M. Garrett, SGT Edward Hamilton, PFC Johnny Harrison, SP4 Richard M. Patrick, SGT William E. Walters, and PFC Jimmy L. Williams. One of the wounded, MSGT Frank L. Huddleston, 32 years-old, was hit by a machine-gun bullet in his spinal cord. The bullet rendered him numb below the waist, so he did not feel the fragments from a grenade that ripped through his lower body a half-hour later. When Frank Huddleston came home, he had no bitterness. "He was doing what he was supposed to be doing," his wife Mrs. Huddleston recalled. Huddleston spent a year in a hospital. From 1968 to 1991 he was able to get around on leg braces and crutches. But in 1991, laser surgery failed to repair progressive nerve damage, and from then on, he was in a wheelchair. "It's a different life when you can't stand up," Mrs. Huddleston said. The tough old sergeant went to school and became a draftsman, working at home. He was a deacon in the local Baptist church, and had a full social life. But the Huddlestons, who had never had children, had to give up the idea of adopting, Mrs. Huddleston said, since the authorities were reluctant at that time to consider placing a child in the home of a paraplegic. And he gave up something he had once loved, hunting. "After Vietnam, he couldn't stand the thought of something suffering," his wife said. He loved to tend the flowers around their home atop a hill, doing his best to ignore his aches and pains. Eventually, his kidneys began to fail. Month by month, he grew weaker. On August 15, 2002, he said to his wife, "It's O.K. I'm just not going to make it today." That day, he died. He was 68 years-old and had lived with his wounds for 36 years. His name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in May 2003. [Taken from,,, and]
  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/17/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Thank you Master Sergeant Huddleston for your devotion, leadership and courage on May 17, 1966 and every day thereafter.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/6/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear MSGT Frank Luther Huddleston, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Uncle Frank

    Posted on 5/27/13 - by Matthew J. Smith

    This Memorial Day I would like to take the time to recognize a close family friend and true American hero. Frank Luther Huddleston, my father's best friend, was wounded on May 17th, 1966 in the Phuoc Tuy Province of South Vietnam. Wounded by enemy machine gun fire he asked his brothers in arms to lean him up against a tree so he could defend them as they fell back. Miraculously he survived after being shot twice and injured by a fragmentation grenade. Permanently paralyzed from the waist down during that day, he came to Christ soon afterward and lived a long and healthy life, impacting many, including myself, before eventually succumbing to the wounds that he received that day on August 15th, 2002. His name was added to the Vietnam Memorial on May 12, 2003 and can be found on panel 16E, 109. He is currently the oldest veteran to be added to the Vietnam Memorial.

    I miss you and love you Uncle Frank. Had I understood as much as I do know now about how much you gave defending our freedom I would have loved to listen more to your stories. I miss your hugs, rides on your wheelchair, and the smile that you always gave me when we came to visit. I cannot wait until one day when we will speak again. Thank you for your sacrifice. I promise you that it will never be forgotten.






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