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TRAPNELL, Franklin Waters Jr.

TRAPNELL, Franklin Waters Jr.[1]

Male 1937 - 2014  (76 years)

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  • Name TRAPNELL, Franklin Waters 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 21 Dec 1937  Baltimore, Baltimore, MD USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Bucky / Buck  [2, 3
    Education Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins University  [4
    Military 1965-1966  Vietnam Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Two tours of duty 1965-66, spent career in Army, retiring as Colonel in 1989.
    Obituary From The Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2014:

    Franklin Waters "Buck" Trapnell Jr., a retired Army colonel who served in Vietnam, died of a heart attack May 31 while visiting family near Richmond, Va. The former Roland Park resident was 77.

    Born in Baltimore and raised on Lake Avenue in Cedarcroft, he was the son of Franklin Waters Trapnell, an attorney who became an Office of Strategic Services and Central Intelligence Agency officer. His mother was Emily Willson Rieman Smith, a homemaker and volunteer.

    According to an autobiographical sketch, he spent much of his youth in Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria, after World War II during the military occupation.

    "He routinely, and unofficially, assisted his father with his intelligence work," said his granddaughter, Alexa Warthen of Philomont, Va. "He was a courier, sabotaged car batteries, debriefed refugees, changed out wiretap batteries and collected wiretap recordings.

    "He used the Vienna city sewer system to do this work. He stood guard for East German defectors and used his father's pistol. He had an unorthodox upbringing and developed a remarkably open mind and had an exceptional grasp of adaptive tactics."

    After returning to Baltimore, he enrolled at Polytechnic Institute but left school to join the Maryland National Guard and serve in the 29th Division. He later studied at the Johns Hopkins University and was acting head of its Reserve Officers Training Corps for a year.

    After serving in the National Guard, he enlisted in the Army in 1961 and trained as a light infantryman and attended parachute school. While at Fort Bragg, he completed Special Forces qualification as a weapons specialist. He also trained in communications, demolitions, medical work and intelligence.

    After attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He served in Vietnam from July 1965 to August 1966 and participated in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley during the Pleiku campaign.

    "He was a hard-nosed, tactically savvy commander and a genuinely caring mentor," said his granddaughter, who is a former Army captain and flier. She said that that during the second half of his first Vietnam tour, he served as company executive officer and as company commander.

    While on duty in Vietnam, Colonel Trapnell was photographed and quoted in a 1966 Baltimore Sun article.

    "We've been here a week, and I guess we're going to be here another," he said in the article, which covered U.S. aircraft bombing a jungle site.

    Colonel Trapnell returned to the U.S. and became an intelligence officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. He then volunteered for a second tour in Vietnam.

    "The locals trusted him, and would bring their gold savings and valuables for his safekeeping whenever a Viet Cong attack was in the offing," his granddaughter said. "He in turn recognized the situation as a harbinger of impending attack; he used it to prepare for subsequent attacks. He would later return the valuables."

    From 1982 to 1984, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry in the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood and headed a Bradley Fighting Vehicle training team.

    Colonel Trapnell taught military science at Hopkins and oversaw ROTC programs at Loyola University Maryland and Towson University, among other colleges in the Mid-Atlantic. He retired in 1990.

    "He had a near flawless memory and made an unforgettable first impression," said his granddaughter.

    In retirement, he moved from homes on Wyndhurst Avenue and Overlook Place in North Baltimore to a home he designed and built in Manassas, Va. He cleared the land and worked on the house's construction.

    "He was the patriarch of the family, and he advised and coordinated many family investments," his granddaughter said.

    He also built, owned and operated cellphone towers from West Virginia to Wyoming.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, where he had been a member.

    In addition to his granddaughter, survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Elizabeth Florence Rich Flannery, who performed with the Spotlighters and at the Four Corners Theatre; a daughter, Emily Marilla Trapnell Coryell of Baltimore; a stepson, Michael Flannery of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Colise Medved of Washington and Agnes Collins Flannery of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven other grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  [6
    Occupation US Army Colonel  [7
    Religion Episcopalian  [8
    Cause of Death Heart attack  [7
    Died 31 May 2014  Richmond, VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • Professional Army Officer. Served two tours in Viet Nam, the first in 1965 in the First Cavalry air mobil unit. Retired 1989 as Colonel. [2]
    Person ID I1069  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2014 

    Father TRAPNELL, Franklin Waters,   b. 13 Aug 1907, Charles Town, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1971, Cavello Cliff, Somerset, Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother SMITH, Emily Katherine Willson Rieman,   b. 19 Dec 1907, Towson, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1972, Baltimore, MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1932  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Marriage Ending Divorce 
    Family ID F2175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family RICH, Elizabeth Florence,   b. 10 Nov 1921, Perryville, Cecil, MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 2015, Manassas, Prince William, VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1957  [2
    Notes 
    • 2015 obituary of Elizabeth has year of marriage as 1955, but no date provided. [9]
    Children 
     1. TRAPNELL, Emily Marilla
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Dec 1937 - Baltimore, Baltimore, MD USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 1965-1966 - Vietnam Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 May 2014 - Richmond, VA, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S72] Joseph Trapnell Descendants, Frederica Holmes Trapnell, (1964).

    2. [S305] Sally Trapnell Warthen Tree.

    3. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly, Franklin Waters "Buck" Trapnell Jr.

    4. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly, After returning to Baltimore, he enrolled at Polytechnic Institute but left school to join the Maryland National Guard and serve in the 29th Division. He later studied at the Johns Hopkins University.

    5. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly, After attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He served in Vietnam from July 1965 to August 1966 and participated in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley during the Pleiku campaign.

    6. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly.

    7. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly, Franklin Waters "Buck" Trapnell Jr., a retired Army colonel who served in Vietnam, died of a heart attack May 31 while visiting family near Richmond, Va.

    8. [S627] Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel, Jacques Kelly, Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, where he had been a member.

    9. [S638] Elizabeth Trapnell, Jacques Kelly, In 1955, she married Franklin Waters "Buck" Trapnell Jr., an Army colonel and tank specialist who ran the Johns Hopkins University Reserve Officers Training Program.




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