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Old 01-11-2009, 12:35 PM
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MGen Frank C. Lang USMC (ret), 90, San Diego, CA

Major General Frank C. Lang, USMC, Retired, died at his home on December 29, 2008, with family by his side. Born on September 13, 1918, to Christian and Marie (Grab) Lang in New Rochelle, NY, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in July, 1942, and completed flight training at Pensacola, FL, where he was designated a Naval aviator and commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in March, 1943. During World War II, he served as a fighter pilot with Marine Night Fighter Squadron 532 in the Gilbert, Marshall and Marianna Islands. Upon returning from overseas in 1944 to complete additional flight training, he volunteered for a second tour in 1945 as a night fighter pilot with VMF-511, MCVG-1 participating in operations at Okinawa, the Philippines and Borneo while aboard the CVE-106 USS Block Island. Some of his post-war assignments include duty with MAG 53, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing; MAG-31, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, CA. VMF(N) 542 MCAS EL Toro and with HQBN, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Western Pacific. He served with FMFPAC in China from May, 1948 to February, 1949. In June, 1949, he was assigned to VMF(N) 542, deploying to Korea with this unit in September, 1950, where he remained until March, 1951. In 1966, he was deployed as Division Air Officer for 1st Marine Division in South Vietnam. Other duty stations include Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL, ASO Philadelphia, PA, NAS Atsugi, Japan, Okinawa, Japan, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC, MCAS Quantico, VA, U.S. European Command (CINCEUR), Paris, France, MCAS New River, NC, The Naval War College, Newport, RI, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and FMFPAC Camp Smith, Hawaii. His Commands included: Executive Officer, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (Manpower) HQMC, Deputy Assistant Director, Plans, Programs and Systems, Defense Supply Agency, Assistant Wing Commander and, subsequently Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases, Western Area/ Marine Corps Air Station. Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Director of Operations, J-3, Pacific Command, Hawaii, Deputy Command, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, in March, 1977, serving in this capacity until his retirement. Major General Frank C. Lang retired from the Marine Corps on July 1, 1978. His personal decorations include the Defense Squadron Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and two gold stars in lieu of second and third, the Distinguished Flying Cross gold star in lieu of second award, the Air Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V". For his service as Division Air Officer with the 1st Marine Division South Vietnam, he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V". The General was a sports enthusiast and avid scuba diver, skier and golfer. He loved to tell of his 'free' skiing privileges as a member of the 70+ Ski Club and frequented Mammoth Ski area often with good friends and fellow ski enthusiasts. Favorite vacations were spent with wife, Joyce and family and friends golfing in the U.S. and around the world. National organization mem-berships included the Early and Pioneer Aviators Association (aka The Golden Eagles), Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, Marine Corps Aviation Assn., Marine Corps Assn., Marine Corps Historical Foundation, Association of Naval Aviation, Military Order of the World Wars, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, The Tail Hook Association, The Marine Memorial Association, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Marine Nightfighter Association, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Order of Daedalians, and Military Officers Association of America. Local activities included QED, MCRD Museum Historical Association, 70+ Ski Club, Q.E.D., San Diego Rest and Aspiration Society and former Vestryman and active member of All Soul's Episcopal Church. General Lang is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Joyce Dillinder, daughter and son-in law, Barbara and Carl R. Swanstrom II of Gun Barrel City, Texas, son John C. Lang of Lewisville, Texas, grandson Timothy C. Lang and granddaughter Jennifer L. Lang of San Diego. He was predeceased by his sisters Caroline Thornton and Emily Irving of White Plains, New York. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all those whose lives he touched either during active duty or as a retiree and community leader and volunteer. Services for General Lang will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at All Soul's Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd., San Diego, CA. 92107, website: www.all-souls. com. Reception following Service at the All Soul's Parish Hall. Military Honors and Inurnment will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and Museum, P.O. Box 45316, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA 92145-0316, website: www.flying leathernecks.org or San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

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