Bird, Frank C., SMSgt

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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
111X0-Defensive Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1949-1976, 111X0, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1949 - 1976
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Senior Master Sergeant

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Home Town
Oklahoma City
Last Address
Port Angeles, Washington

Date of Passing
May 27, 2012
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Longtime Port Angeles and Sequim resident Frank C. Bird died of natural causes on Sunday, May 27, in Port Angeles with his family close by.

He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Frank C. Bird and Verna Gertson Bird. They moved to Bremerton, Washington, in 1940. Frank graduated from Bremerton High School in 1947. He met Erika Louisa Johnson while in Bremerton.

In 1949, he joined the U.S. Air Force and achieved the ranking of senior master sergeant. He flew more than 60 missions in the Korean Theater and 330 missions during the Vietnam conflict with the Strategic Air Command as a B-52 gunner. He retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1976.

Frank and Erika were married July 31, 1951, in Bremerton. Frank and Erika have a daughter, Karen (Walt) Lovell of Elko, Nevada, and two sons, Erek Bird of Port Angeles and Steven (Jill) Bird of Vancouver, Washington. He was also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren.

Frank enjoyed fishing, boating and model trains. He had a great love for animals and all music, and very much enjoyed the poetry and prose of Robert Service.

Frank and Erika loved to winter in the deserts of Arizona, and they also enjoyed their trailer and used it to travel from Alaska to Mexico and coast to coast.

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Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1949-1976, 111X0, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air/Ground (Tet Counteroffensive) Campaign (1968)
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B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1955-1976, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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