Francisco “Frank” Dumanal Blas
10 Jul 1946 – 1 Oct 2017

 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our friend and fellow NOCVA co-founder Frank D. Blas, who passed away on 1 October 2017.

Since NOCVA’s creation in 2011, Frank was a dedicated partner, tireless in his determination to build NOCVA into a strong advocacy organization for Chamorro Veterans. In addition to his role as Founder and National Coordinator, he headed NOCVA’s North Carolina chapter.

Frank was actively involved in NOCVA initiatives, conferences, and outreach events, always eager to support Chamorro Veterans. He was instrumental in planning the historic Chamorro Veterans Commemoration Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He later led a commemoration ceremony in Guam and presented gifts on behalf of NOCVA to the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (the bell that was rung in the national ceremony and a plaque listing all 70 fallen heroes from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands who died during the Vietnam War).

Known for being humble and generous, Frank will be remembered for his devotion to his beloved island of Guam, the Chamorro people, and his family. He was a proud Chamorro, a patriotic American, a brave soldier, and a loyal friend. To honor his memory, NOCVA will continue our fight to ensure that Chamorro Veterans get the recognition, respect, and benefits that they deserve – rights Frank fought a lifetime to secure for us all.

Chelu, We Remember You.
Cel, Larry, Norma, and Libby
NOCVA National Staff

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Sergeant First Class, United States Army

 

Frank Dumanal Blas was born on 10 July 1946 in Sinajana, Guam. He graduated from Ballou High School, Washington, DC, in 1966. In April 1967, he was drafted into the United States Army and completed Basic Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He graduated from Airborne Jump School, Ranger Course, and Helicopter Door Gunner Course.

Frank served two tours in the Vietnam War. During his first tour, he was wounded in action in May 1968. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and numerous other awards.

Upon receiving orders for his second tour, he submitted a request not to serve due to his brother’s death while in high school, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, thus leaving him the only son to carry on the family name. Unfortunately, he request was denied.

In August 1990, he deployed in support of the Desert Storm War. In November 1990, he was ordered to return home, his retirement request approved.  During his retirement out-processing, he was notified that he was under “Stop Loss” and ordered to return to his unit with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He completed his tour in the Gulf War and officially retired in July 1991 after 23 years of military service.  After retirement, he continued to serve as a civil servant in the Department of the Army.  He served one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan, with the 7thand 5th Special Forces Group.

Frank has an Associate Degree in FAA Federal Aviation (Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic).

He married the former Rickie Kay Bennett of Kirkerville, Ohio, in 1973.  They are the parents of Christopher, Maria, and Francisco II. Frank and Rickie are the proud grandparents of Shawnamarie Roberts, Alexis Roberts, Anya Campbell, and Francisco Michael.

Mother:  Maria Quintanilla Dumanal, familian Bing Tagulo (Sumay)

Father: Francisco Garcia Blas, familian Okiaman Dero (Sinajana, Ordot)