Frank Lester Blake 83, or Orlando, FL passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. He was born in Altoona, PA on June 9, 1932 and joined the army in June 1949.
After completing Basic Training at Ft. Dox and Medical Laboratory School at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, he was deployed to Japan for active duty in March 1950 with the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
On June 29th, 1950, he was sent to the front lines of the Korean War as a Combat Medic for G Company, 3rd Platoon. He was wounded by machine gun bullets on September 1, 1950 while trying to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
Frank is the recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Medic Badge, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal.
He was a member of the VFW, 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti Association) and the Korean War Veterans Association (Central Florida East Coast Chapter 189). Frank authored a story “The Boy- A Korean War Hero” about a South Korean boy who saved his life after being wounded.
Following his military service, he supervised the Medical Technology Laboratory at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and then the Pathology Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He became a licensed Real Estate Broker as a second career.
Frank is survived by his wife of 52 years., Beatrice, his son Scott, daughters Pamela Smyth and Samantha Colon, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, his sisters Mae Howard and Phyllis Shamp and a cousin Cindy Snyder.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date yet to be determined.
Memorial donations may be sent in Frank’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.