Yongsan mourns soldier who was hit by bus
January 11, 2009
SEOUL — Friendly and self-sacrificing were how friends and co-workers described a soldier during a memorial service at Yongsan Garrison on Friday.
Lt. Col. David Frankenhauser, 8th U.S. Army Special Troops Battalion, was killed Monday when he was struck by a Seoul city bus while crossing the road near Yongsan Station.
Those close to him gathered at the Memorial Chapel to pay their respects.
“Today we are here to fulfill our part of the commitment we make as warriors,” said Special Troops Battalion commander Lt. Col. Kevin Colyer. “To honor Lt. Col. David Frankenhauser as a fallen comrade and to indelibly inscribe his mark on our heart and minds.”
Lt. Col. Maryann Otto, a close friend and co-worker described Frankenhauser as a devoted family man, a devout Christian and a generous friend.
“He was a servant to his colleagues and neighbors,” she said. “Some of our fondest thoughts of David are how friendly and outgoing he was. He always had kind words and a positive manner for each of us.
“He was the kind of person that would give the shirt off his back to someone in need.”
Frankenhauser, who served as the chief of transformation for 8th Army’s Future Operations Division, Operational Maneuver Directorate, Operational Command Post Korea, had served in the military more than 32 years in both the active and reserve components. He is survived by his wife, Marian, and four children.