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Frank Victory Exline 1918 - 2014
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August 28, 2014
I was an 18-year-old boot sailor when I first became aware Chief Exline. We were part of the commissioning crew of USS LESTER DE-1022, a destroyer escort put into service in June 1957 at Charleston Naval Station. And although I was a fireman working deep down in the bowels of the ship -- and he a Chief Bos'n Mate -- I still had occasion to speak with him at different times. Chief Exline was, quite possibly, the most respected and admired chief petty officer I ever knew during my 20 years in the navy. And although he was a no-nonsense chief, officers and enlisted men alike still sought his advice. In fact, I have seen more than just one junior officer defer to him in matters regarding the ship.
Fair winds and following seas, Chief.
BTCM Richard Osburn USN Ret.
February 21, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
February 21, 2014
I extend my condolences to Frank's family. Had I known of his passing, I would have respectfully attended his funeral. I was privileged to meet Frank when he was living in the Cottages of Pleasant Hill, where my mother also lived. One year, I arranged a special veterans celebration to honor him and asked him to share with my children and other homeschool students his reflections of his time as a POW. It was a night I will never forget. His direct words, intonations, and heartfelt message painted a vivid picture for all who were fortunate to attend. He stated that when he first came back from the war, he went to visit his nephews school. After that, he never publicly spoke of the war again until sharing it this 50 plus years later. He mentioned that he was in the process of actually setting a camera on a tripod and making documentaries of his wartime experience.
I believe he was 85 at the time. Fortunately, he allowed me to videotape him the night we honored him. I am pleased that Frank considered me one of his friends. He endeared my heart. Thank you Frank Victory Exline. May God Bless.
February 19, 2014
I worked with Frank at the hospital.I was young and my career as a building engineer was just beginning.I liked and respected him. He was part of the old Navy guy's I would refer to in later years that I trained under at Des Moines General Hospital. Back in the late 70's he drove several of us to a Kansas city chiefs game in his camper. Rest in peace Frank.
February 18, 2014
Although I only got to meet you once since joining the Morrill family, I remember the celebration at the Eastside Senior center, you had a ready smile and quick witt. I have heard many stories though from your great-nephew Fred Morrill. Rest in peace.
February 18, 2014
Prisoner of War Medal

Awarded for actions during the World War II

Seaman First Class Frank Victory Exline (NSN: 3212803), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until returned to U.S. Military control until returned to U.S. Military control after the end of hostilities in August 1945.
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947

Action Date: May 6, 1942 - August 1945

Service: Navy

Rank: Seaman First Class

Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands & Japan)
February 18, 2014
Frank enjoyed every day to his fullest. I'm glad he shared some with me. I know many people will miss him.
February 18, 2014
Although I never knew you, I just wanted to say "Fair winds and a following sea" to a deceased Chief Petty Officer whom I hope to meet in heaven.
Paul J. Stenger, CPO, USN Retired
Arlington, VA
February 18, 2014
I love you Uncle Frank. JJ ( Janice Joye)
February 18, 2014
Love you Uncle Frank always and forever.
February 17, 2014
Great Uncle Frank,

How sad I was to hear of your passing but happy that you passed into heavens gates. Just last week I watched a video from 1991 of when I took baby Shawn back to see his G&G Joe and Virginia Morrill and there you where sitting at the dinner table with us rubbing your shiny bald head. It brought a smile to my face. Shawn is now grown and in the Army and ready to wed next month. I wish he could have met you as an adult. I am grateful you were part of my life and proud that you served in this great country as my husband had and my son is doing.

Your Great Niece,

Cindy (Morrill) Reed, husband Terry, son Shawn and Tiffany, daughter-in-law to be
February 17, 2014
We will miss you Great Uncle Frank, Loved your humor!
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