Frank H. Dunagan, Sr.
Cocoa Beach, FL
LTC Frank Havard Dunagan Sr., US Army (Ret.), of Cocoa Beach, FL died Saturday, June 14, 2014. Colonel Dunagan was born February 9, 1930 in Rutherfordton, NC. He was an Eagle Scout, attended Oak Ridge Military Institute, and entered ROTC at UNC and NC State where he was sports editor, and social director of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He served with the US Army Ordnance Corps. In 1952 he went to Korea. At Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM he met and married Mary Elizabeth Lockridge in 1956. Frank was transferred a year later to Seneca Ordnance Depot, New York, then to Germany. He served a tour of duty at Aberdeen, MD and Fort Sam Houston, TX. Frank attended Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA., and after earning his Jump Wings, was sent back to Germany. He served with the German Army and a British Army unit. Frank was sent to Vietnam in 1967, to 4th Transportation Command in Saigon. He was responsible for munition ships with ammo distribution for Army, Air Force and Navy. After Vietnam he was transferred to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, serving as Inspector General. His last tour of duty was at Kwajalein Missile Test Range, 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 took a job with Martin Marietta Aerospace in Orlando on the Patriot Missile Systems for 20 years. He retired in Cocoa Beach, FL. Frank was an avid tennis player. He served as leader of his tennis clubs, and treasurer of his condo for 15 years. He was 2nd Vice President of the Brevard County Chapter of the SAR, an active member of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America, serving as secretary, entertainment chairman, and publicity, was an editor of the monthly newsletter the "Intercom". Frank was a member of 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 was a true American Treasure.
Frank has 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary, and children, Frank Jr., Debra Underwood, Timothy, and Daniel. 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 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.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 a.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
Davis Seawinds Funeral Home
560 Montreal Road Melbourne, FL 32935
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on June 18, 2014