Frank Ray Noe
Sergeant, United States Army
Frank Ray Noe was born on December 24, 1941 and joined the Armed Forces while in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He served in the United States Army. In eight years of service, he attained the rank of Sergeant First CLass. He began a tour of duty in Vietnam on January 26, 1967.
On November 1, 1967, at the age of 25, Frank
Ray Noe perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Khanh
In 1967 Staff Sergeant Frank Noe was serving as the Team Medic for Detachment A-502, 5TH Special Forces Group Vietnam, the "Green Beret". The A-502 mission was to advise and assist the Vietnamese Special Forces in the conduct of the Civillian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) Program. Detachment A-502 was located in Camp Trung Dung and provided the western defense for the city of Nha Trang.
To Support A-502s mission, Staff Sergeant Noe
organized and conducted Medical Civic Action Patrols that provided health
care and inoculation to thousands of Vietnamese and
When out on long-range patrols into the hostile jungle mountains, or on dangerous local security operations Staff Sergeant Noe was a proven and a respected combat leader. On November 1, 1967 Staff Sergeant Noe was leading a night patrol blocking an NVA/VC force from infiltrating a local village. In the midst of deploying the CIDG soldiers and establilshing ambush positions to defend the village from attack, Staff Sergeant Noe was killed in action.
Staff Sergeant Noe's tact, quite demeanor, and his ability to handle a variety of camp medical situations, as well as his fighting skills in combat, earned him the admiration of all his U.S. Special Forces Team Members, the Vietnamese Special Forces, and the CIDG Soldiers that he served with.
To honor Staff Sergeant Noe's bravery, dedication, and sacrifice, the CIDG soldiers erected a cement monument bearing his name and placed it at the Camp Trung Dung Dispensary where he helped so many.
Staff Sergeant Noe's military awards included
the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.