SSG Frank Venegas
"A" Battery, 2/9th Arty
Chief of Smoke, 1967-68
Frank Venegas served with Lt Dennis
Dauphin and Maj Jerry Orr in Vietnam.
He was the CSM of DivArty, 4th ID
at Ft Riley, KS in 1977 prior to returning to Ft Sill, OK. Frank returned to Ft Sill, Okla and became the Command Sergeant Major for
III Corps Artillery Headquarters. He retired from the US Army.
Frank was working as a construction job estimator in the Lawton, Okla area
when last contacted. His favorite hobby is making furniture.
CSM Frank Venegas died on February 27, 2012 in Lawton, OK.
TRIBUTE TO SSG FRANK VENEGAS:
I met Sgt Venegas in March, 1966 at Ft Bliss, TX. He was a Drill
Sergeant of the highest caliber, professional at all times and dedicated to his
men. I was the Unit Training Officer for C-2-3 of the BCT Brigade at Ft
Bliss in Logan Heights. I could not ask for any more support or respect
from SSG Venegas. I left C-2-3 in July, 1966 on a elongated trip to
Vietnam, arriving in November, 1966. You cannot imagine my surprise when
in walks SSG Venegas into my "A" Battery and becomes my "Chief Of
Smoke" some time in 1967. I was extremely delighted to have this most
reliable soldier as a key component of the leadership of "A" Battery.
Some years later, while performing
Reserve Duty Training at Ft Sill, I happened to see CSM Venegas' name on a large
sign listing the III Corps Artillery Commanding General with his name directly
Clearly, SSG Venegas achieved his
military potential with such a high level assignment at Ft Sill.
Lt Dennis L. Dauphin
Executive Officer, "A" Battery, 1967
about upgrading this memorial...
Memorial service for CSM (ret.) Frank Venegas,
Jr., 76, of Lawton, will be at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2012, in the Lawton Ritter
Gray Funeral Home Chapel.
CSM Venegas passed away on Monday, February
27th, 2012, at his home.
Private interment will be at Fort Sill National
Frank Venegas, Jr. was born on October 25th,
1935, in San Antonio, Texas, to Frank, Sr. and
Conception Vargas Venegas. He joined the US Army
in November of 1955 in San Antonio, Texas.
During his career which spanned more than 32
years, he received the following honors, medals
and awards: Army Soldier Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army
Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal,
World War II Victory Medal, National Defense
Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Army Good
Conduct Medal Ribbon, Army Soldiers Medal Ribbon
for Heroism, Army Service Ribbon, Republic of
Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon, Vietnam Service
Medal Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry
Cross Medal with Palm Ribbon, Army Commendation
Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Bronze
Star Medal and three Overseas Service Bars.
Frank retired on October 1, 1984 at Fort Sill,
He married Maria Lauter on September 24, 1958,
in Girssen, Germany.
He is survived by his wife, Maria of the home;
two daugthers, Eva Maria Lamprecht of
Herrington, Kansas, and Carolin Jones of
Berkley, Michigan; his granddaughter, Karolin
Charlene Adkins, of Lawton; several brothers and
sisters, from San Antonio, Texas and a host of
other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St.
Judes Kids with Cancer, 3700 W Robinson St,
Norman, OK 73072.
Sill National Cemetery
Created by: JLC
Record added: Mar 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86041653
you for serving our country.
Mar. 1, 2012
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