Lt. Col. Frank L. Bohn
May 9 th, 1920 - March 23 th,2010

Lt. Col. Frank L. Bohn, USAF Retired, died March 23, 2010 at his home in Escazu, Costa Rica at the age of 89, leaving a legacy of his dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, education, hard work, and commitment to family.

He married Marian Elizabeth Duggan February 16, 1943. She preceded him in death July 26, 1989. He married Alice Centeno Martin of San Jose, Costa Rica May 14, 1994.

Frank is survived by his wife Alice Bohn; children Barbara (Greg) Canavan of Los Alamos, NM, Marilyn (Tilford) Harp of Albuquerque, NM, Kristi McHugh (Robert) of Prescott, AZ, Roy (Laura) Bohn of Los Alamos, NM; grand children John Canavan, Heather Canavan, Erik Harp, Adam Harp, Shawn McHugh, Jessie Bohn; great grand children, Saeble Harp, McKynah Harp, his sisters Alice Veazie, Gloria (Frances) Lorette; step children Christian Hangen, Ingrid (Jordi) Triquell, Erika (Edgardo) Gamboa; step grandchildren Montserrat Triquell, Santiago Triquell, Rafael Aguilar, Javier Gamboa, Daniel Gamboa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marian Elizabeth Bohn, his sister Hazel Wadsworth and his parents Fred and Hazel Bohn.

Frank lived an amazing life. He was born to Fredrick and Hazel Bohn (Learned) in Hackensack, New Jersey May 9, 1920. He lived in New Jersey and in Rockland Maine most of his school years. He joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He became a fighter pilot during WWII serving in the North Africa Campaign and protecting the Panama Canal. After WW II he lived in Rockland Maine, and worked as a fisherman off the Newfoundland Banks. He was recalled to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked in base operation in Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Viet Nam, and New Mexico. While stationed at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ he flew the early jets and wrote flight manuals for the new jet planes, as well as giving flight shows to the public. He was a precursor to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. While stationed at Bent Waters Air Force Base, England with the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, he served as Operations Officer. He was brought to the U. S. Air Force Academy to plan and implement the air field for cadet training. He retired from Kirtland Air Base in Albuquerque and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico until moving to Costa Rica.

He was nick named the walking Encyclopedia, he was able accurately retrieve all types of information from 20 years ago to the present. He did extensive genealogical research, he was active in the 512th FIS reunions, loved wood working, his pets and he loved attending his children’s and grand children’s activities.

Frank leaves behind a far-reaching community of family and friends who cherished his wit, his stories of unusual life experiences, his gift of solving any problem, and dedication to those he loved. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Burial was at Jardines del Recuerdo, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Memorial contributions may be made to a children’s or military charity of choice in Frank’s name.


More information : Library of Congress, Veteran History Project