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Stanly, Frank Frank was called to his heavenly home on his 91st birthday. A lifelong Methodist, he was born in Louisiana and graduated from Columbia Military Academy on May 27, 1941. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU), originally as a pre-med major. Frank's college career was interrupted by World War II. He served in the 78th Infantry Division, 309th Infantry Regiment, Anti-Tank Company in Germany during the War. He fought in the famed Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat at the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the last German stronghold on the Rhine River. Frank fought through his injuries and refused to be flown out to a military hospital because he did not want to leave his Company behind. He later earned a Bronze Star when the leader of his mine platoon was killed in action, after which First Lieutenant Stanly led the mine platoon in their sweeps of mine fields and clearing of woods. After the War, Frank returned to LSU where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology on May 29, 1948. Frank married Katherine Octavia Scroggs on May 27, 1951 in Bunkie, Louisiana. Soon after the happy couple settled in San Francisco, Frank was called back to active duty for the Korean War. He served in the Adjutant General's Corps as a member of the Far East Command Personnel Planning Board, then as Chief of the Enlisted Branch and finally as the Officer in charge of the Personnel Actions Branch. His service in Korea earned him a second Bronze Star. While overseas, his only child, Kay Frances, was born. Following in his father's footsteps, Frank spent his entire professional career at Texaco where he retired in 1988 as the Vice President of Marketing for North America. He was an avid world traveler, Stangl bird collector, and big game hunter. Frank hunted in Ethiopia, Tanzania, British Columbia, Alaska, Quebec, Colorado, Texas and Florida. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Colonel in 1983. In 2006, LSU inducted Frank into its Military Hall of Honor. He is survived by his daughter, Kay Stanly Benbow, and son-in-law, Dennis Keith Benbow; grandchildren, Melody Benbow Lynch (Brendan), Noelle Benbow Skelly (John), Jordan Hunter Benbow (Kristin); great-grandchildren, Katherine Delaney Lynch and Perrin Alexi Benbow; and his faithful dog, Gal. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Katherine, and his parents, Philip and Rose Lee Bradford Stanly.

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Published in the Orlando Sentinel from July 30 to Aug. 3, 2014
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