Apart from the night in January 1945 when he stole a carburettor from a neighbour’s car—a crime for which he received no punishment as he was due back in the army—Nick Frank kept out of trouble. He was a truck driver all his life and was involved in collisions every so often, but none was his fault. He hunted deer, but always in season, and once got his picture in the paper for shooting a 180-pound, 11-point buck, which was believed to be the biggest deer ever to have been killed in Lawrence County.
In 1972, Nick’s daughter, Gloria, married a field artilleryman named Richard Jokinen. She accompanied him to Germany when he was posted to the US army base in Baumholder, a former Wehrmacht barracks and prisoner-of-war camp that had been built on the ruins of the homes of four thousand people who had been evicted by the Nazis. Gloria returned home two years later, in 1978, after Richard was killed when his helicopter crashed into the garden of a house in Unteralterheim.
Nick died in 2005, at the age of eighty-one.Sources: New Castle News (5 July 1945, “Truck Driver Is Hurt In Collision; 16 Jan 1945, “Arrested For Larceny”; 23 Dec 1946, “Driver Is Arrested”; 13 Dec 1956, “Frank Shoots 11-Point Buck Near Edenburg”; 22 Jul 1963, “Only One Hurt In Series Of Car Accidents”; 3 Dec 1971, “Deer Kills”; 1 July 1972, “Couple Observes Military Decision”; 5 Nov 1974, “County Report”; 6 July 1976, “News About Jokinens Staioned In Germany”); UPI, “9 Killed In Army Helicopter Crash” via armyaircrews.com; Nick Frank obituary via obitsforlife.com.
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