CPT Francisco "Frank" Basaldua was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/18/2011 at the age of 73.8
Schertz, TX
Flight Class 69-14
Date of Birth 02/18/1938
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 118 AHC in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam THUNDERBIRD 16
This information was provided by Quinn Dunn (son-in-law)

More detail on this person: Francisco (Frank) Basaldua, US Army Captain, Retired, passed away on December 18, 2011. Throughout Frank's time in the Army, he was known as "Cisco", "Chico", "Captain Bas", or by his call sign "Thunderbird16" while a helicopter pilot assigned to the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, Thunderbirds, in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Frank was the Thunderbird's 1st platoon leader (aka Red Platoon or Scorpions). Frank was very proud to have been a member of the Thunderbirds and in recent years, prior to his passing, he enjoyed reconnecting with his Thunderbird troops at VHPA reunions, via email or by phone. You could not mention the word "Huey" around Frank without setting aside some time for him to provide details about the helicopter's history, inner workings and how well it flew. Frank never forgot those he served with, especially during his time in Vietnam.

His greatest achievement in life, though, was being a loving and supportive husband and father. Frank lost his wife Eva in 2003. He is survived by his two daughters, Cindy and Stacey, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even though his retirement from the military was more family oriented, he still presented himself proudly as a member of the US Military. He wore his flight wings on his cap and drove with a "Retired Army" sticker on his vehicle. He continued to support all the men and women of all branches of service. When he lived near a military installation, he would make regular visits to get his hair cut in standard military fashion. Frank is interred beside his loving wife in his hometown of Woodsboro, TX. The local VFW chapter gave him a beautiful military send off. God bless him and all those men and women that have served, especially those that gave their lives for their country. In Frank's name, we honor them.

From: Quinn Dunn

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