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Frank B. Wakeman
Colonel, Training Division, US Surgeon General's Office
Date of Birth: May 15, 1896
Date of Death: March 17, 1944
Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Illness (Washington, D. C.)
Awards: Legion of Merit
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Col. Wakeman Death Victim

Col. Frank B. Wakeman, 46, well-known in Valparaiso and husband of the former Margaret Kuehl, of Valparaiso, died Friday a Fort Mommoth, New Jersey, following a short illness.

Associated with the U. S. Surgeon-General's office, Washington, D. C., Col. Wakeman worked in the field Thursday. When he retired that night he complained of not feeling well. The next morning he was found dead.

The body will be brought to Valparaiso this afternoon and taken to the LePell funeral home on Monroe street. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Monday at the LePell funeral home, with burial in Graceland cemetery.

Surviving besides the widow are one daughter, Betty Ann, and two brothers, Gaylord and Blaine Wakeman, of New York City.

Col. Wakeman, who had been in army service for the last twenty years, was director of training of medical corps in army training camps throughout the country.

Coming to Valparaiso in 1916, Col. Wakeman attended the local university during 1916 and 1917. He was a member of --- -------- ----- [unreadable] of this city, later mustered into federal service. He participated in the Mexican border campaign and also served overseas during World War I.

Later he attended Indiana university where he received his degree of doctor of medicine. Further training added a Ph. D. degree at Catholic university at Washington, D. C. and lector of Public Health Service office at John Hopkins university, Baltimore.

He was also a graduate of the Army Medical School, Washington, D. C., Field Service School, Carlisle, Pa, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; March 18, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 3

Army Hospital Name Honors Dr. Wakeman

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind., May 9 -- (UO) -- Col. H. L. Connor, commanding officer of the U. S. Army General Hospital at Camp Atterbury, announced today that it has been designated by the war department as the Wakeman General Hospital in honor of an Indiana-educated doctor.

He said that the name came from the late Col., Frank B. Wakeman, a native of New York who received degrees from both Valparaiso and Indiana universities. Wakeman also spent 12 years in Indiana for advanced schooling.

Conner said that Wakeman died two months ago while serving with the Surgeon-General's office in Washington. He was 48.

Col. Frank Wakeman, husband of the former Margaret Kuehl of Valparaiso, who died last March on active duty with the U. S. Surgeon-General's office in Washington, D. C., had been in army service for twenty years. He was director of training of medical corps in army training camps throughout the country. He came to Valparaiso in 1916 and attended Valparaiso University for two years, later going to Indiana U., where he received his doctor of medicine degree. Col. Wakeman's body lies in Graceland cemetery here.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; May 9, 1944; Volume 17, Page 3, Column 8

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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