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is honored on Panel 29W, Line 23 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Franklin Runge, story is not true

    Posted on 5/23/18 - by Rose M. Runge, SSG, WAC
    Franklin and Paul were in "country" together, NOT Marcus. Paul escorted Franklin's body home from Vietnam. Paul was not drafted, he was RA.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/12/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Spec. 4 Runge for your leadership and courage under fire.
  • A true American Hero

    Posted on 12/9/14 - by Ken McCormack
    Frank should be remembered for the true hero he is. Because of his actions on March 12th 1968 numerous lives were saved. But Franks story starts long before that. Note his date of birth. He was about eight years older than his fellow soldiers of similar rank. This is because he had already served four years in the Army and was out of the service and attending College when his younger brothers were drafted. Frank, though draft proof, he had already served, felt an obligation to re-enlist in an effort to some how keep his brothers out of it. It did not work and a year later three Runge brothers were all "in country" at the same time.
    On March 12th,1969, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division was ambushed in the Plei Trapp Valley (aka Valley of Tears) in the Central Highlands. The ambush was very effective with several men downed in the first volley. As the middle of the column moved forward to attack and gather up the wounded the company became divided into two groups and the enemy took up the space in between. With both groups now surrounded the enemy attempted to tighten the nooses and finish it. Frank was the drag man on the rear of the second group, the command group with the headquarters element, and when they attacked from that direction Frank and his squad fought valiantly for a sustained period allowing the confused group to get organized and tighten their perimeter and bring a machine gun forward to assist him. Unfortunately in the final moments of that fight Frank was killed but his bravery and leadership in those first minutes, stopping that attack until the platoon could gather and help him, was key. His actions saved the entire company from being over run while we were busy to the front. I say Company but were only 84 men. Much like so many line companies in the Highlands we were never full strength.
    For his action Frank was awarded a Silver Star. It should have been the Medal of Honor. That's how we, the men of A Company, see it anyway.

    A true Hero in every sense of the word. Thank you for your sacrifice my Brother.

    Franks home town of Gillet Wisconsin recently renamed their renovated High School stadium in franks memory. He would have liked that.
  • Frankin Runge Memorabalia

    Posted on 4/18/14 - by Gillett Area Historical Society
    Gillett Area Historical Society is proud to be displaying their hometown Viet Nam Veteran's military medals and army uniform in our local museum. In addition, the book "Shake and Bake Sergeants" by author Jerry S. Horton, describing Sgt Runge's last actions before his death, is on display.
    A paragraph in the book reads "Franklin Runge, Gillett native and Gillett High School graduate lost his life March 12, 1969 protecting his platoon. While on maneuvers Runge came upon the enemy getting in position to ambush American soldiers. Runge and his other point officer were fired upon, which alerted Runge's platoon of the enemies position. Runge took out the sniper in the tree and was wounded in the ensuing battle. "
    The Gillett High School football field has been updated and named after Franklin Runge, with the help of a donor.
    Franklin Runge will always be remembered..
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/18/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Franklin James Runge, 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
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