Capt. Warren A. Frank, USMC, 26, died Tuesday while participating in a food distribution mission north of Baghdad. His team came under small arms fire by an attacker in an Iraqi soldier’s uniform. It was not known if the outfit was a disguise or if the Marine was slain by an Iraqi soldier. Many members of the Iraqi military have been trained by U.S. troops. Also killed in the attack was a U.S. Army soldier. Several service members were injured. If Frank was killed by an Iraqi soldier, it would be at least the second time since the 2002 U.S. invasion that a Greater Cincinnati Marine has been killed by a member of Iraq’s military. Frank grew up in Anderson Township. He is survived by his wife, Allison, and daughters Sophia Lynn and Isabella Grace. They live in Okinawa, Japan, with their mother, where Frank’s unit was based. Locally he leaves behind his father, his mother, Rebecca, and his sister Sara. Frank is a 2000 graduate of Turpin High School and a 2004 graduate of the Citadel. The written statement from the family suggested that Frank had done at least three tours in Iraq. It also said that he looked forward to retiring from the service and planned to teach high school history and coach track. “Our deep sorrow is not in the life we had with him, but in the loss of life we always thought we would share,” wrote Frank’s father. “He was our son, our brother, devoted husband and an enthusiastic father. He is our reminder that all generations have those who comprise ‘The Greatest Generation.”
The funeral service for Capt. Warren A. Frank, USMC, Class of 2004, is scheduled for Friday, January 9, at 11:00 am at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery. (The time was originally set for 9:00 am, but has been rescheduled to 11:00 am.) There will be viewing on Thursday, January 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.
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