LTC Frank W Bockman was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/06/2014 at the age of 74.2 from Cancer
Marietta, GA
Flight Class 65-2
Date of Birth 06/26/1940
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 120 AHC in 65-66, OH-6A NETT in 69-70
Call signs in Vietnam RAZORBACK, SUPERBEE
This information was provided by Sammie WIlliams

More detail on this person: Frank Wallace Bockman, age 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, September 06, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Phenix City, Al son of Frank Wallace Bockman, Sr. and Florence Rebecca Snellings, Frank graduated from high school and junior college at Marion Military Institute, Marion, Al., and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army in 1962. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in civil engineering at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. Frank began a distinguished 20 year career as an aviator and engineer in 1964 at Ft Benning, GA. Other assignments were Ft. Wolters, TX, Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft Belvoir, VA, Ft. Bragg, NC,. Engineer District, Anchorage, AK, Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Ft. Hood, TX , Inspector General Staff, Atlanta, GA, Ft. McPherson, GA. His assignments included two combat tours in Vietnam from 1965-1966 and again in 1969-70 as a helicopter pilot flying UH1 gunships and Loach (Light Observation helicopters). He received a Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, 22 Air Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 1 National Defense Service Medal, 3 Vietnam Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, 4 Overseas Service Bars, United Nations Service Medals, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Parachutist Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Frank also served in the Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from the Army in 1986 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Frank loved his country deeply and served it well. Upon retirement, he used his engineering expertise to head the Fulton County Water and Sewer Department, followed by the Cobb County Water and Sewer Department. He was currently employed by Khafra Engineering in Atlanta. Frank was married to the love of his life, Carol Taylor Bockman, on 6/24/61. They were blessed with 3 daughters, Elizabeth Bockman, Elise Bockman, and Rebecca Bockman, who live in the metro Atlanta area. He leaves his sister, Rebecca Revel, and her daughter, Ashley, of Phoenix City, AL, uncle, William O. Snellings, also of Phenix City, AL, Elizabeth Bockman's fiancÚ, John Graves, of Atlanta, and a number of cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Wallace Bockman, Sr., his mother, Florence Rebecca Revel, and nephew, John W. Belk III. Frank was a member of the American Legion number 0029, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, First Presbyterian Church Marietta, and Men Serving God Monday morning Bible study. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 8, at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta on Tuesday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Great Hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory Ltc Col (RT) Frank W. Bockman to The Wounded Warrior Project, at or First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. 770-428-1511

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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