Curtis Russell Frantz


US Army Insignia

United States Army

SSGT Insignia

Staff Sergeant


Fort Knox Armor Shield  Fort Dix Insignia

35th Infantry Patch  4th Infantry Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
Mortar Platoon
Section Sergeant 81mm Mortars
 "E" Company, 1st Battalion
 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade
4th Infantry Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star  Air Medal  Army Commendation Medal  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell November 24, 1968

Curtis was born on the 29th of March, 1948.  He was the only child of Russell and Catherine Frantz of Palmyra.  Growing up in Palmyra he attended the local schools and graduated from Palmyra Area High School in 1966.  He was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church of Palmyra where he sang in both the youth and senior choirs.  He was also a student at the Harrisburg Area Community College for one year after high school.

He began his military service on the 23rd of March, 1967.  After basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and advanced training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he served a tour of duty witrh the Berlin Brigade in Germany.  While on duty there he was assigned to guard Nazi war criminals housed in Spandau Prison.  After his tour in Germany he reported for duty in Vietnam on the 24th of November, 1968.  There he was assigned as a Section Sergeant of the 81mm mortars in Company E, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division.

He was due to return home on the 24th of November, and had just extended his tour of duty when he fell as the result of an accidental firing of a mortar round.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He was also awarded the Cross Of Gallantry, the Medal Of Military Merit and the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Vietnamese government.

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