Frank Manchel was a sergeant in the US Army during World War II. At 95 years of age, he recently traveled from California to Washington, DC, for an all-expenses paid trip, courtesy of Honor Flight San Diego.
Frank was looking forward to the trip. The nonprofit takes war heroes to Washington, DC, to visit war memorials at no cost to veterans.
On May 5, 2019, Frank boarded the flight home to San Diego after an amazing whirlwind weekend. He visited various memorials, toured military museums, and spent precious time with friends old and new.
82 other veterans were also on board the flight, along with their loved ones, caretakers, and volunteers. During the final leg of the flight, Frank was said to be in good spirits. He was laughing, talking about the weekend, and chatting with his fellow passengers. Then, all of a sudden, he collapsed.
His son Bruce, a doctor, jumped out of his seat to help him, as he and another physician administered CPR for 12 minutes.
Unfortunately, Frank passed away “quickly and peacefully,” right there on the Honor Flight. His body was draped in an American flag. “My father’s passing was the ending to the most amazing weekend, surrounded by his newest best friends,” Bruce said on Facebook.
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