National Guard SGT
Lincoln Park, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Veterans Memorial Park
Fort Street at Merrill
Lincoln Park, MI.

Killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near Baghdad, Iraq. Assigned to the 1775th Military Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard, Pontiac, MI.

Craig S. Frank was born on August 6, 1979, to Timothy and Linda Frank in Lincoln Park, Michigan. He was the younger of two boys, having an older brother named Timothy. Craig attended elementary and high school in Lincoln Park, graduating from high school in 1997. He attended Henry Ford Community College, and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University, majoring in history and science. His goal was to become a high school teacher.

While in high school, Craig was a member of the JROTC, the track and field team and the swim team. Craig was an avid reader and loved the out of doors. He loved to go camping and play paint ball with his brother and friends. He was always surrounded by a very close-knit group of friends.

Craig had always had an interest in law enforcement and joined the Michigan National Guard as a military policeman in 2001. Craig told his father that he felt like he was doing the right thing by joining the National Guard as the Guard gave him a sense of direction.

Craig enlisted in the 1776th Military Police Company in Taylor, Michigan. While Craig was at Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the 1776th MP Company was deployed to the Military District of Washington D.C. When Craig completed his training and returned to Michigan, he was attached to a sister unit, the 1775th MP Company, in Pontiac, Michigan. It was with the 1775th Company that Craig deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a soldier with the 1775th he served a variety of missions. He was the platoon leader’s driver during the mobilization at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. While in this role he received training above and beyond what the other soldiers received. He not only successfully completed the training, he volunteered for more. While in Kuwait he spent countless hours in the scorching desert heat patrolling the Port of Shuiaba, performed customs operations and served as the turret gunner for Charlie Team, 2nd SQD/2nd PLT while they conducted numerous convoy missions from the border of Kuwait to logistical bases in Iraq.

On July 17, 2004, with less than two weeks remaining on what was a 19-month deployment, SGT Craig Frank made the ultimate sacrifice. While on a mission in Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. His girlfriend Connie received a teddy bear from him on the same day that she learned of his death.

Craig was a very kind and caring person and loved helping people. Craig also had a firm sense of justice and stood up for what he knew was right. He was proud to serve his country.

Sergeant Craig Frank’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

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