Frank C. Flagle, age 91, a resident of Strasburg, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
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A graveside service for Mr. Flagle will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Riverview Cemetery with Rev. David Howard officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg.
Frank was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia on May 17, 1921, a son of the late Walter Edward and Mary Catherine Wilt Flagle. During 1938-39, he worked as a civilian employee of the United Stated Soil Conservation Division of the U.S. Army Corps known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. On January 31, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S Army in Woodstock, VA and received his first military training at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland and was assigned to the First Cavalry Division of the 99th Field Artillery where made rank of Private First Class in six months. He soon departed from San Francisco to the Pacific Theater on a voyage lasting more than a month maneuvering across the Pacific reaching Brisbane, Australia. Frank trained and served as a U.S. Army Front Line Artillery Fire Placement Observer, with the principal task of spotting placement of American Field artillery shelling, calibrating mathematically and pinpointing accurately exact placement of shell hits on enemy targets by guns often miles behind combat lines. Frank was wounded during a combat mission and worked his way forward to the radio despite hazardous arms fire, and put the radio back into operation and continued the fire mission. Being wounded he was instructed to withdraw to get medical care, but insisted on remaining at his position and operating the radio until the mission was complete. General Hugh Hoffman, Commanding General of the First Cavalry Division awarded Frank the Silver Star for Bravery. On that same occasion, Frank received his Purple Heart. After three years in the Pacific, Frank was honorably discharged and returned home to the Shenandoah Valley. On August 10, 1945, he began work at American Viscose of Front Royal where he worked for 39 years.
He was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post 77 Strasburg, V.F.W. Post 2447 in Edinburg and the D.A.V. Stonewall Jackson Chapter 9.
In addition to his parents he was the preceded in death by siblings, Clara Mumaw, Anna Dorous, Dorothy Heltzel, Fleta Simmons, Hilda Campbell and Harry L. Flagle, Sr.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Audrey Jean Flagle of Strasburg; son, Curtis J. Flagle and wife Desma W. of Maurertown; daughter, Barbara J. Flagle of NC; sisters, Jean Flagle and Janice Flagle, both of Woodstock, VA.
Memorials may be made to DAV Stonewall Jackson Chapter 9, P.O. Box 2342, Winchester, VA 22604.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from July 4 to July 5, 2012