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LTC Frank Dunagan Sr.


1930 - 2014 | Notice Condolences Gallery
LTC Frank Dunagan Sr. Notice
Dunagan, Sr., LTC Frank US Army (Ret.), of Cocoa Beach, FL died June 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Colonel Dunagan was born February 9, 1930 in Rutherfordton, NC. At the age of 15 Frank became an Eagle Scout. He attended the Oak Ridge Military Institute then entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State where he was the sports editor and social director of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was drafted into the service with the US Army Ordnance Corps, Special Weapons Group in 1952. He was sent to serve in Korea as a 1st Lieutenant. After Korea, Frank served at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM where he caught the eye of a Colonel's Daughter in 1956 and married Mary Elizabeth Lockridge who was swept off her feet, in love with the young Army officer in uniform. The young couple were transferred a year later to Seneca Ordnance Depot in upstate New York. There they were blessed with their 1st son. One year later they were off to Germany where the stork blessed them with a daughter and 2nd son. They served a tour of duty at Aberdeen, MD and Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 1962, at age 32 Frank attended Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA. He was the oldest person in his class of 600 (average age was 19.5 years). After earning his Jump Wings, he was sent back to Germany where he served with the German Army and a short tour with a British Army unit. Frank was then sent to Vietnam in 1967, he was attached to 4th Transportation Command in Saigon, where he was responsible for all supplies delivered by ships into the 3rd and 4th corps. Frank was responsible for munition ships with ammo distribution for Army, Air Force and Naval forces in the operating area. After surviving in Vietnam he was transferred to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ where his 4th child was born and he served as Inspector General. His last tour of duty overseas was at the Kwajalein Missile Test Range in the South Pacific for 2.5 years working on the Sprint Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Systems. Frank's military decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Medal. Frank retired from the Army after 20 years of service and settled in Orlando, FL, where Frank took a job with Martin Marietta Aerospace as subcontractor manager on the Patriot Missile Systems. Frank worked for Martin Marietta for 20 years, after which he and his bride Mary retired in beautiful Cocoa Beach, FL. They remained active throughout their retirement years. Frank was an avid tennis player. He served as leader of the Cape Canaveral Tennis Club, and Treasurer of his condo for 15 years. He was 2nd Vice President for the Brevard County Chapter of the Son's of the American Revolution. He was an active member of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America, serving as Secretary, Entertainment Chairman, and Publicity. He was an Editor of the monthly newsletter the "Intercom". Frank was also a member of the Riverside Presbyterian Church. Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. Frank's life is a testimony to living up to them. He is a true American Treasure. During his life Frank was blessed to have 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Frank was a calm soul; he always saw the good in people and taught his children to remain positive despite the adversity this life throws you. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Dunagan and children Frank Jr., Phoenix, AZ, Debra Underwood, Jacksonville FL, Timothy, Orlando FL, and Daniel, of Cocoa Beach FL. Frank is preceded in death by his Father Stover Poe Dunagan, Mother Ruby Dunagan, and Brother Stover P. Dunagan Jr. Family will greet friends from 10:30a.m. to 11a.m. on Saturday, June 21st at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL with a Celebration of Frank's Life to follow at 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Frank send to: MOAACC Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 254708, Patrick AFB, FL 32925-4708. Condolences may be offered at www.davisseawinds.com


Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 18, 2014
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