Richard A. Fraker,
World War II
The following is listed in the American Military Cemetery records:
Richard A. Fraker
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
675th Bomber Squadron, 417th Bomber Group, Large
Entered the Service from: New York
Died: November 1, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; at Manila, Philippines
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF RICHARD A. FRAKER,
He was my friend, almost a kin
A warrior in a war-stained sky.
A man who held a peaceful yen,
Yet was not afraid to die.
He was just a common sort of guy
Who saw his task in view,
A job that he didnít relish,
But one that was there to do.
He very seldom spoke his mind,
Nor boasted of his skill.
He somehow didnít seem the kind,
Who could bring himself to kill.
He flew in hell-filled ether,
So that we, in peace might live.
Without thought of shining glory,
He gave all he had to give.
Men like him donít just "Go down",
His throne surpasses kingís
For somewhere up in heaven
Is a guy with silver wings.
By: PFC Donald Vosburgh
Somewhere in France
February 24, 1945
Donated by Broadalbin Historian, Gordon Cornell.
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