Frank Hahnel, Jr. –DeBary, Florida
Frank is a former U.S. Marine and a Vietnam War Veteran. Frank served with 1st Tank Battalion, 1 Marine Division, I CORPS, South Vietnam from May 1967 to May 1968 (369 days in country, boots on the ground). Frank is a 1968 TET Offensive Survivor.
Mr Hahnel provided assistance in nominating two Medal of Honor nominations for Captain Richard Whan Hopper. Mr. Hahnel, an eyewitness to Captain Hopper’s sacrifice, provided assistance to Congressmen Mica’s team for the medal nomination.
Corporal Mario R. Jenkins, a Police Officer and dog handler with the University of Central Florida Police Department was shot and killed during a football tailgate party in Orlando, FL on September 24,2005. Corporal Jenkins was a Marine reservist and it was his wish to be buried in a Veterans National Cemetery. But Corporal Jenkins Marine reservist time did not count for a VA burial benefit and the Department of Veterans Affairs would not allow it. Frank wrote to then President George W. Bush and offered to give up his own veterans' burial entitlement at Arlington and give his benefit to Corporal Jenkins. The VA said NO. Frank received a letter, and Certificate of Appreciation, from the then UCF Police Chief Richard Beary and Corporal Jenkins' good friend Detective Dale Dennany for his effort.
Mr. Hahnel continues to serve in his community and has become a source for the church family to depend upon as they often turn to him in their time of need and assistance. As an example, an elderly woman was having issues with her electrical panel in her home. Mr. Hahnel, a master licensed electrician provided the work free of charge to assist her in her time of need.