#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Frank Block


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Frank Block. Frank served from 1966 to 1969, spending much of his time in Vietnam.

Frank joined the Marine Corp in 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam that year in April. He was on guard duty when he started to feel delirious and out of control. He rushed to a bunker for help, and when he got there, he collapsed to the ground. When he finally came-to, he was sent back to his area and stripped of his rifle. This event led to disciplinary action as leadership didn’t understand the situation. It was finally discovered that Frank was suffering from malaria and was promptly treated at Camp Lejeune.

He also spent time aboard the USS Cambria in the South China Sea.

Frank, whose father served in the Marines during World War II, has a daughter who enlisted in the Navy and another who fought in Desert Storm as a member of the Army.

Thank you for your service, Frank!

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Graphic by Cynthia Tong: Cynthia is a senior at New York University studying Public Policy.


Ben Szalinski

Ben is a student at the University of Illinois at Springfield studying Political Science and Communication. He is originally from the Chicagoland area and is a writing intern at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.


  1. Robert Bostic    

    hank you for your service, Frank!

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