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Frank's Military History

September 12, 2017

September 1951; our basic traning was in Fort Ord, California for 4 months and we got 2 weeks vacation. We then went back to California and got on the ship General Meigs. It took us 30 days to get to Korea. I was in the 3rd Division, 7th Regiment, Item Company. I was in the infantry.

I was wounded on my left leg when I was on patrol one night. I went to Puson to the hospital and when I returned to my company they made me a Jeep driver, taking ammunition to the front line. As I was driving the Jeep, the trailer started exploding. We tried to unhook the Jeep from the trailer to keep the Jeep from starting on fire. That's when I was wounded again. I went to Tague the second time. 

Some time had passed before I returned to my Company and my Company Commander asked why I didn't report in. Well, I didn't know I had to, because your records were suppose to follow you. It was time for me to go home but I couldn't because my records weren't there. Apparently, they were sent to the 7th Division instead of the 7th Regiment, therefore, I had to wait there for about 2 months before my records got to my Company. I finally went home and finished up in Camp Carson where I was discharged. 

During the time of my records being displaced, my parents, Frank Sr. and Mary Lodl were informed that I was deceased. When I arrived in Omaha I paid a man $15.00 to take me to my parents home in Morse Bluff. It was an early morning when I got home so I knocked on the door and when Mom opened it she said "Well Frankie they told us you were dead." Needless to say, they were happy to see me!

I was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the United States Service Ribbon, and the Purple Heart.

My children are Robyn Peterson, Cary Lodl, Allison Potadle, Kevin Lodl, and Shelley Bang. 

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