I served with Frank Kestner in Co. D, 10th Engr. (c) Battalion at the Chosin Reservoir. We were both 17 year old privates. but I enlisted at age 15 and the army thought I was 19. Frank and I were on East Hill and both made the march to Hungnam. I can't think of a better thing to say about Frank than 'he was a soldier'.
He sure knew how to get someone's attention and and tell a story! I was so blessed to have him as my father-in-law
I had the honor to provide care to Mr. Kestner at the VA. I knew him for only 5 months, but he truly touched my heart and gave me so many life lessons. I will miss giving you cranberry juice and helping you eat your Wendy's Chili that Dale would bring you. But most of all I will miss your presence around the VA, It willl not be the same with out you Mr.K!
My name is Robert Lee Benton Jr.
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He was my company comander at Fort Leonard Wood MO in the early 1960's I remember him as a stern and fair officer. I had the previlege of meeting him here in Tucson years ago.
I regret not visiting him during the last few years and not acquiring his novels. Frank was a great soldier and gentleman.
God be with you Aunt Treva and family. Uncle Franklin was a great man and is resting in peace now.
Mr. Kestner was the kindest man our facility had the honor to care for. We enjoyed listening to his many stories he had to tell about his life experiences. The love he had for his wife and family was evident. Mr. Kestner made a point to say hello to everyone and knew everyone by name. He is greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We always enjoyed our Thanksgivings together. During these times, it was evident how much Frank loved his family. He was a very special man.
Rest with God Uncle Franklin. Prayers are with all the family. Sorry we can't be there.
Many years ago, shortly after I moved to Tucson and began teaching English at University of AZ, Frank contacted me regarding his dream of publishing a book about his experiences in Korea. We met and enjoyed a delightful conversation, during which I gained an insider's view of the disaster at Chosin. Ultimately, I felt that a man (ok, call me sexist!) would be more suited to the project, and I put Frank in touch with a graduate student in the Creative Writing Dept. Everything turned out well, the book was published, and Frank presented a copy to me with his hand-written inscription. I cherish that book to this day. I was so sorry to learn that Frank had died. Our relationship was brief and long ago, but I have never forgotten his enthusiasm and passion for publishing his book. I was so happy for him that he realized his dream.
Frank was a dear friend for 29 years. He will be greatly missed, especially the long talks we used to have over many subject. I have many good memories of our time together.
Thinking of you. So sorry to hear about Frank. Sending our Love, Kay and Ben
So sad to hear my Uncle Frankie passed. I have so many wonderful memories of him with his family. Loved our trips to visit him in Tucson. I am sure there was a celebration in heaven when he was greeted by my Dad (Gene Kestner) Those two were a kick. Love & prayers to Aunt Treva, Karla, Del, Phillip & their families.