Col. Frank McCall

Col. Frank McCall passed away Oct. 18, 2011, and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, joining his beloved wife of 59 years, Maxine Lenore McCall, who also was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in December of 2004.


Col. McCall's career covered 31 years of active service, advancing from private to full colonel, and spanning three wars: World War II service with the First Armored Division, serving as Platoon Reconnaissance Officer; Korean War, Commander of the Second Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division; and as Military Assistance Advisor during the Vietnam War. After this second tour in Germany, Col. McCall was assigned to the Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago as the Secretary to the General Staff. After this assignment, Col. McCall attended the Army Language School, Monterey, Calif., where he studied Arabic, culminating in a tour of duty in Libya, North Africa, where he assumed the duty of Chief, Army Section, MAAG, Libya.


Upon completion of his tour in Libya, Col. McCall was assigned to the United States Strike Command, Tampa, Fla. This was his final assignment prior to retirement, after 31 years of service, during which he advanced from private to full colonel in the Infantry Branch and saw action in three wars of which he was extremely proud. 


He was also exceedingly proud of the part of his wife, the former Maxine Lenore Becht, a talented beauty queen from Omaha, Neb., who excelled not only for her beauty but, possessing a master's degree in business, also her acute ability in the field of accounting. McCall's military awards and decorations include the Silver Star for valor in Korea; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the first with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy, the second in Korea with the 17th Regiment of the 7th Division; the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Commendation Medal; and the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, denoting the second award. 

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