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Frank A Newhart Jr.-US Army/MSG-Retired

Frank A. Newhart Jr., 72, passed away at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida on September 30, 2020 from natural causes.  He was born on December 1, 147 in Lacyville, Pennsylvania to Frank and Helen (Goodwin) Newhart. He served and retired from the US Army  and and prior to his US Army service, he served in the US Air Force as a loadmaster.  He was a Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Middle East Veteran.

MSG Frank A. Newhart Jr. -US Army- Retired ,  services with military honors will be Friday, April 2, 2021, 11:00 am at Florida National Cemetery, 6902  SW  102nd Avenue, Bushnell, Florida with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 155, Chaplin Jim Dyer and the US Army Honors and Ceremonial Team from from Ft. Stewart, Georgia, all to officiate. During MSG Frank Newhart military service in the US Air Force he was a aircraft Load Master he was awarded a God Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal  and completed the Aircraft Basic and Advanced Course and was honorably discharged from the US Air Force. He then enlisted in the US Army Medical Supply Specialist and retired as a MSG (E-8).  During his US Army career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award); Air Medal (2 Awards); Army Commendation Medal (4th Award); Army Achievement Medal (7th Award; Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award); Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award); National Defense Medal (2nd Award); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve with M Device; Non Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon with Number 3; Army Service Medal; Overseas Training Medal (2nd Award); Air Force Longevity Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Non Commissioned Advanced Officers Course and the  US Air Force Logistics Management Course.

Master Sergeant Frank Austin Newhart, Jr., born December 1, 1947.  Frank was a military man through and through.  His favorite statement about his military career was “Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, and back!”.

He joined the U S Air Force in 1966 and as a fellow member of his air crew in Vietnam and best friend for over 50 years,  Randy Skocz wrote:  “Frank Newhart’s military record is one of which any military serviceman would be proud to have. His duty in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1974 as a certified Loadmaster on both the C123 and C130 aircraft requiring his being deployed throughout Europe, the United States, South and Central America, Southeast Asia and Taiwan. In Vietnam he flew on C123 aircraft providing logistical support throughout the country. Some missions required recovery of the fallen, some required air support by dropping supplies, i.e. troops, and vehicles, mostly into extremely hostile environments. Frank Newhart set a high standard for the rest of us to follow. He will be missed in our minds and hearts until we meet on the other side. The “eyes” have it. “Once an eye always an eye”.”

 He served a distinguished career that included not only 2 tours in Vietnam Nam and 8 years with US Air Force.  Later he returned to the military in the US Army and served from 1990 to 2004.  During the rest of his military career, he would serve a tour in Bosnia, 2 tours in Iraq and Middle East.  Frank also served with South Com and led many Army Reserve Medical missions into South and Central America, and other countries. He retired from active duty in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant in 2004.

Frank returned to Wyalusing, Pa where he owned a local business as FS&D Newhart’s Stone Quarry which employed many local residents as well as members of his family. When he retired in 2015, he and his family moved to Central Florida.

Frank is survived by his wife, Sharon Newhart and three children, Heidi Newhart of Denver, Colorado; Marcy Newhart Roan of High Point, North Carolina; Frank A. Newhart, III of Tampa Florida. He also has two stepchildren Staff Sergeant David Waterhouse of Prescott, Az and Rebekkah Waterhouse of Wyalusing, Pa, and four grandchildren, Hayden and Kayley Roan; Alexis Stubbe; and Jack Waterhouse. Frank is also survived by four sisters Barbara Caprioli; Judy Meeks; Maxine Bendock; Kelly Stephens, and two brothers Dennis Newhart; Ike Newhart.  Frank was preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Frank Austin Newhart, Sr. and brother John Newhart.

Frank was loved by everyone.  A Celebration of His Life is planned for friends and family in Pennsylvania.  The celebration will occur on December 5th from 3pm-7pm at American Legion Post 510 328 Old Route 6, Laceyville, PA 18623., Attendance from 3pm-5pm is restricted to family members only with 5pm-7pm reserved for friends of the deceased. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Building homes for heroes at:


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