Frank William Humes


Company K
75th Infantry Regiment
Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol
4th Infantry Division


Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 8, 1969
Buried at: Locustwood Memorial Park
                  Route 70 & Cooper Landing Road
                  Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster,                Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

CORPORAL FRANK W. HUMES was born on December 5, 1948, to Else and William R. Humes , Jr. His home of record is Magnolia, NJ. Frank was the oldest of 4 children. He had three brothers, William, Gary and John. Frank attended Sterling High School.

In November 1968, Frank W. Humes was drafted into the US Army. He was sent to Ft Dix, NJ, for Basic Training and then to Ft. Polk, LA, for Advanced Infantry Training and Jungle School. Upon graduation, he was shipped to Vietnam and was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. He attained the rank of Corporal (CPL).

Humes married his sweetheart, Linda, while awaiting orders to Vietnam. The couple moved to Lindenwold, NJ, and had only been married nine months.

After several months as a "grunt", he was accepted to the newly formed 4th Infantry LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol), 75th Rangers, K Company. Upon graduation from his Ranger School in the Republic of Vietnam, he was sent to sniper school. Humes was then assigned to a three-man Ranger team.

On July 8, 1969, Corporal Humes went out on a three-man LRRP mission in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam. The team was inserted into the jungle by Huey chopper via rope ladders. Inadvertently they were inserted into an area where there was a battalion of North Vietnamese soldiers on patrol and they immediately came under intense small arms fire. Extraction and reinforcements were requested, and during that period my brother was shot in the head. Upon extraction, he was transported to an Army field hospital where he died several hours later. The details of this mission were recounted by one of the men on the Ranger team, Larry Flanagan.

Corporal Humes is buried in Locustwood Cemetery in Cherry Hill, NJ.

He received numerous awards and decorations including the Silver Star, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.

Information provided by William Humes (brother) and NJVVMF.

Frank W. Humes
is honored on Panel 21W Line 83 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
and their contact information may not be good anymore **

Frank, I met your LRRP., teammates

Frank....I took my family, to a reunion in Ohio, for the 75th, Ranger, K, Company. I met your teammates, Larry and Jim, and alot of others, who knew you. I learned so very much, about you and how very couragous, you and your fellow LRRP's, were. They made me feel, like one, of them. You, would be proud, to know, that after all this time, your memory is, with so many people, who knew you and loved you. Only me and John, are left, Mom, Dad and Gary, are gone now. We, still remember you, everyday.

William Humes
Philadelphia, PA., 19149, USA
Apr 9, 2007


Teammates, on a LRRP., team, 1st., Bde., 4th, Inf., Div.

Larry Flanagan
Brockton, Massachusetts
Wednesday, May 12, 1999


Frank was, the oldest brother, to Gary, me and John. We were all born, two, years apart, so I was only 16, when he was, Killed in Action. The family, never fully recovered, from his loss. Our Mother, Ilsa, faithfully tended, to his final resting place, until she passed, in 1998, and Dad, well Dad never, was the same. Being the oldest, he always had to blaze the trail, for his younger brothers to follow. If we got in trouble, in the neighborhood, Frank made sure, it was, taken care of. The short time he was with us, will always be, remembered. He, was our HERO. In December, 1969, he was awarded the Silver Star, 2, Bronze, Star Medals and 2, Purple Hearts. Frank, we will never, forget you.

Philadelphia, PA.
Thursday, September 28, 2000


I lived in Magnolia, NJ., from 1964-1974. I did not know you, or recall hearing, of your death in July, 1969. I was 14, at the time. On this Veterans' Day, 2003, 34, years & 4, months later, I would like to say, THANK YOU!

Mike Burgoon
Haddon Township, NJ.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003

We miss you!

Uncle frank, even though i, have never met you neither, you still have, that special place in my heart. i heard, so many great things, about you. we love and miss you. If anyone has any information, on my uncle, please email, them to me. i would love, to hear from you. May you, lay at rest with your brother, (My dad) and ur parents. we love and miss you.

Gina Humes
Atco, NJ., 08004
Thursday, April 15, 2004

Uncle Frank

Frank Humes, is my uncle, who, I never met. I have recently been looking, for images and information regarding, to my uncle. I found his name, in this memorial and if you have, any further information regarding my uncle, please, e-mail me.

Corey Humes
Philadelphia, Pa., 19124, USA
Sunday, July 21, 2002