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Frank Austin "Buck" Rodgers, III
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1921
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1956
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Metal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He joined the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying in the China, India and Burma Theatre. After the war ended, he enlisted in the US Air Force and fought in the Korean War. He died on December 31, 1956 when the C121 (Super Connie) he was the Flight Engineer on crashed in Saudi Arabia. He survived the initial crash, but went back into the plane to help the Hungarian refugees in the rear of the plane. Just as he was standing the the doorway of the plane to exit, the fuel tank exploded, throwing him through the cockpit.

His wife, Mildred, and 3 children, Jacklyn, Jill and Frank IV, survived him. He was buried with full military honors. After his death, the Air Force delivered a box with 82 various metals he had received through the years. He wasn't the type to wear metals, and it appears he had never botherd to get them. 
 
Burial:
Oakhill Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Lot 108, Block 9, Grave 13
 
Created by: Jill
Record added: Oct 03, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11879165
Frank Austin Buck Rodgers, III
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This flag's for you Sir.
- Don Hill
 Added: Apr. 27, 2013
You have been gone now for 56 years, and I still miss you. I do hope you are with Mom and Jacki now. Bud and I are doing OK, but someone really needs to keep watch over Bud. I love you Daddy. I always will, even if all you would ever say is "I love me,...(Read more)
- Jill
 Added: Dec. 31, 2012
Happy Fathers Day Dad. I don't remember a single Fathers Day spent with you, but I hope they were good. I love and miss you.
- Jill
 Added: Jun. 17, 2012
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