Herbert Francis ‘Herb’ Frazier
Herbert Francis “Herb” Frazier, 85, Falls Church, Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, after a brief illness.
He was born in Gallitzin, son of the late Joseph V. and Genevieve C. (Yeckley) Frazier. On Jan. 2, 1985, he married Monica Papincak.
Surviving are his wife; a brother, Joe (Karen) of Cresson; a sister, Mary (Darryl) Little of Altoona; a niece, Sara Little of Chevy Chase, Md.; and a nephew, Jason (Jen) Little and their children, Rowan and Morgan, all of Fairfax, Va.
Herb attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and in 1950, he graduated from Gallitzin High School, where he played football and basketball, earning multiple letters in both. After high school, he worked on the railroad for about 18 months before entering the U.S. Army. After basic training, he was selected for Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla. After commissioning, he volunteered for paratrooper training and was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he made many jumps with the 82nd Airborne. While in the 82nd, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant and then captain.
In 1957, he left active duty and returned to the Gallitzin area, enrolled at Saint Francis College and joined a local reserve unit where, a few years later, he was promoted to major. He worked nights in the railroad shops in Altoona and attended classes during the day. He graduated from Saint Francis in 1960 with a degree in accounting. He immediately went to work for the Army Audit Agency and reluctantly left the reserves due to the travel requirement of his new job. In his career with Army Audit, Herb traveled the world. He spent many years in Europe, a significant amount of time in the Middle East and more than three years in Vietnam.
Herb was fairly quiet about his work life overseas, but the one story that he liked telling was about the time that he and another guy were stranded up-country in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. They needed to get back to the Saigon area. After three days, they finally hitched a ride on a military aircraft that would drop them off at a small airfield some distance from Saigon. They had no idea how they would get to their duty station. While all of this was going on, duty stations on the outskirts of Saigon were evacuated back into the city. In one station, two guys volunteered to stay behind and look after things. Word went out that two Americans would be dropped off at this airfield with no way of getting out, so one of the guys who had been left behind at an evacuated duty station volunteered to take a vehicle and try to get out there and pick them up. He got there, the plane arrived, and Herb and his partner got off and were met by the driver. It was Bob Villareal, a high school friend from Gallitzin.
Herb eventually rotated back to the Virginia area, where he met his life’s love, Monica. He was a great and loving son and husband, a giving and attentive brother and a loyal friend. He is missed with love and sadness by all, especially his three little furry friends: Chickie, Skippy and Scooter.
An immediate, family-only funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 24, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Falls Church, Va.