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Capt. Frank Goeckel, B-25 Pilot, 310th BG,379th BS, B-25's
1944 | Italy
From his proud Daughter Jeanette Stubelt; 310th BG,379th BS, Capt. Frank Goeckel
FRANK enlisted in Newark, NJ on 20 Jan. 1942 ( 12053824 ) directly into the Army Air Corp as an Aviation Cadet
(From daughter; Janette Stubelt, May, 2012) My Dad passed away last year on Father's Day. He was Captain Frank E. Goeckel of the 57th Bomb Wing of the 310th Bomb Group. He was a pilot and an Intelligence officer. He ran the war room for the last couple of years of the war. He is the person in the middle of this photo. He and his best buddy started an officer's club in Italy. I have many pictures and have put together a video of his war experience. I would love to know if anyone knows the others in any of the photos. My Dad was sharp as a tack up until the end at age 94. (with Captain Frank E. Goeckel) Jeanette Stubelt; School of the Fine Arts, Boston, MASS.
He was told he was going to be promoted to Colonel not long before the end of the war but no Generals came back through and the war ended and he went back to the states to work.
57th BW Gallery-Album
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher, 319th and 321st BG Historian. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
Frank E Goeckel
2010 | New Jersey
Frank Edward Goeckel
BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army Air Forces
East Orange, NJ
A Fellow Veteran
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
HIGHLY DECORATED, HE WAS A CAPTAIN WITH THE 310TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP OF THE 12TH AIR FORCE AND SERVED IN SEVERAL CAMPAIGNS DURING THE LIBERATION OF THE EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN THEATER.
Frank Edward Goeckel, 94: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Independent Press (Summit - Berkeley Heights - New Providence, NJ) - June
Deceased Name: Frank Edward Goeckel, 94
Frank Edward Goeckel, a resident of New Providence since 1960, died
peacefully at home on June 20, 2010 at age 94.
AND: Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ) - June 24, 2010
A Celebrant Service was held at noon on Sunday, June 27, at Bradley-Brough Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham. To send condolences or for further information go to bradleyfuneralhomes.com
Mr. Goeckel was born December 13, 1915, in East Orange, to Frank Joseph Goeckel and Helen Marie Smith. After graduating from Barringer High School, Mr. Goeckel attended Seton Hall University. At age 27, upon learning of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was part of the 57th Bomb Wing during World War II. With a rank of Captain, he served as an intelligence officer for campaigns from Africa to Italy, running the war room. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and other military honors.
In August 1949, Mr. Goeckel married Irene Edna Dunnzweiler and they had four daughters, who they raised primarily in their residence in New Providence. After Mrs. Goeckel's health failed in the 1990's, Mr. Goeckel took care of her, even learning how to cook so he could provide loving support until she was moved to a nearby nursing home. He continued to visit her everyday until her death in April 2009.
Mr. Goeckel worked in product management for Standard Brands (now Nabisco Brands, a division of Kraft Foods), retiring at age 65. Reluctant to lose such a knowledgeable and competent employee, senior management kept him on as a consultant until he was 80. One of the responsibilities Mr. Goeckel enjoyed at the company was working with the 4H; he spoke at their national convention for many years.
After retirement, Mr. Goeckel pursued other activities, participating in
the Old Guard in Summit and the New Providence Senior Center.
Physically active throughout his life, Mr. Goeckel liked swimming and ice skating with his children and grandchildren. An avid golfer, he enjoyed the game until his nineties. His family agrees that he was a true gentleman and a central force in their lives, meeting all challenges with dignity, integrity and a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Raymond of Montauk N.Y., Janette Stubelt of Princeton, Wendy Goeckel of Sharon, Mass. and his grandchildren, Sarah, Cambria, Christopher, Amanda, Benjamin, Gregory and Russell. He is also survived by a sister, Virginia Hill. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; his daughter, Nancy; and his sisters Helen Mount and Eleanor Shaw.