William Franklin 'Frank' Landreth Sr.
Mar 16, 2013
William Franklin "Frank" Landreth Sr.
March 16, 2013
William Franklin \"Frank\" Landreth Sr., 88, a resident of Etowah for more than 60 years,
died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Etowah.
A native of Knoxville, he was a member of Church on the Rock. He worked for L&N Railroad as
A son of the late Robert Kinzer Landreth and Audrey Anderson Landreth Hellard, he was
preceded in death by his loving wife, Addie \"Sue\" Brown Landreth; one brother and two sisters.
He joined the Armed Services at the young age of 16 with his mother signing for him to serve his
county in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed in 1941. After a tour
in Hawaii, he went to Solomon Island and Guadalcanal Vella Lavella, leaving there in 1943 to
volunteer for a secret mission.
He had six bouts of malaria before he got to Burma. In 1943 and 1944, he was on a secret
mission with Merrill\'s Marauders in Burma. He walked 1,000 miles across the north end of Burma
fighting the Japanese along the way. He was one of the 300 survivors out of the 3,000 men that
started with Merrill\'s Marauders.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Nancy Landreth of Ooltewah; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jerry Bryan of Etowah, and Sherry Condee and Craig Holmes
of Niota; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the
Rev. Leon Devine officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Green Hill Cemetery with military
Pallbearers will be Stanley Headrick, Eddie Harris, Zach Arwood, Terry Thompson, Stacy Parrot
and Craig Holmes.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend,
sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com