MAJ Frank M Huglin was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/17/2015 at the age of 85.7 from Atrophy
Portland, OR
Date of Birth 05/21/1929
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Frank M. Huglin died Jan. 17, 2015, from complications due to multiple system atrophy. He was 85. Mr. Huglin was born May 21, 1929, in Redwood City, Calif., to Frank M. Huglin Sr. and Laura Barnes Huglin. He grew up in the small town of Pescadero, Calif., which he was very fond of and still has several friends there. He attended Bellarmine College Prepatory in San Jose, Calif., graduating in 1945. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1951. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and became a pilot. He started with fixed wing aircraft and earned his wings. During the Korean War, he switched over to helicopters. He served in Vietnam and was a commanding officer of a medevac unit. He flew over 100 missions in Vietnam and was even shot down once. He was very proud of being a Marine and regularly attended Marine Corps reunions. Over the years, many men thanked him for saving their lives. He left the Marines with the rank of major. After returning from Vietnam, he went to work for Hiller Aviation as a helicopter test pilot and salesman. As part of his duties, he traveled all over the world and had many adventures, including liberating a helicopter from the Castro government, which he flew with another co-worker to Key West late one night. He may have been the first airship repo man. Growing up in Pescadero fostered his love for the outdoors. He traveled all over the world going fishing and hunting, from Belize to Mongolia. When he retired, he told his boss, "Now I'll finally have time for more hunting and fishing!" His boss replied, "I didn't think that would be possible!" He also loved to ski and skied until just a couple of years ago. Early in his career, he married Lorelei Lewis. He met her when he was stationed in Florida. They had two sons, Mark and Grant. He taught his sons how to shoot, hunt and fish. They both embraced a love of the outdoors as well. He married Ruth Huglin in 1999. He and Ruth also traveled together extensively, often on ski vacations. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Mark (Renee) and Grant (Linda); grandchildren, Kendra, Julia, Luke and Mari; great-grandchild, Molly; stepdaughter, Ronda Butler; and stepson, Rocky Brooks (Cathy). A private gathering will be held by the family.

Published in The Oregonian from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, 2015

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

Please send additions or corrections to: VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 09/19/2018

Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association