Lt. Col. Frank D. Crook, (USAF, Ret.)
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Shreveport, LA - A memorial service for Frank D. Crook, 91, will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013, in Frost Chapel, First Baptist Church in Shreveport. Officiating will be Ronney Joe Webb. Members of Triple Triangle Class will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Frank was born near Waco, Texas on December 18, 1921. Eleven days after Pearl Harbor, and the day he was 20 years old, Frank enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program. He spent 31 years as a USAF Pilot and rated Air Force Navigator. At the age of 22, he flew his last mission of WWII on D-Day, June 21, 1944. He led 36 four-engine heavy bombers home from Berlin and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other medals.
After the war he returned to Baylor University earning a BBA in 1949. There he met and married the love of his life, Joyce Fowler, of Dallas, on September 3, 1949. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Shreveport; and children David Crook and wife, Karen, of Lubbock, TX, Amy Donnelly, of Eugene, OR and Joel Hamilton, of Dallas, TX.
In 1951, Frank was recalled for the Korean War. Frank later became an instructor in the Jet Pilot Training program, and in 1955 was selected to go to Bangkok, Thailand where he led the "Jet Upgrading Program" for the Royal Thai Air Force.
During the "Cold War" period, in Strategic Air Command, Frank flew the B-47 for 6 years at Little Rock AFB, where he was the Squadron Commander of the 61st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. He also served at second AF headquarters at Barksdale, at the Electronic Intelligence Center in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also, in Saigon, Viet Nam. Frank was proud that, except for enemy damage, during his 50 years of flying, he never "Scratched" an airplane.
After retiring from the Air Force, Frank flew for Sklar and Phillips Oil Company for two years. He was assistant director of Purchasing at LSUS for twelve years and then worked at Willis-Knighton Medical Center for five years. He loved to play tennis and Duplicate Bridge.
Frank and Joyce were faithful members of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, where he served on the Board of Directors, and where Joyce was a senior English teacher, and senior class sponsor, at FBC High School.
The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church or to the
Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport
3631 Southern Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104
Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2013