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Frank Luke Jr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Frank Luke Jr. was born in Phoenix, Arizona Territory back in 1897. While growing up he excelled in sports, working in copper mines and participating in bare-knuckle boxing matches.  When the United States entered into World War I he enlisted in the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps on September 25, 1917.

He received pilot training in Texas and California.  After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1918.   He was deployed to France and in July of 1918 was assigned to the 27th, Aero Squadron.  He was arrogance and had tendencies to fly alone, disobeying orders.  However, the standing orders was to destroy German observation balloons.  He continually volunteered to attack those important targets.  Between September 2 and 29th he was credited with shooting down 14 German balloons and four airplanes in 10 sorties in eight days, a feat unsurpassed by any pilot in World War I.  He was killed in action on September 19th from a single gunshot wound.  He is buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

What you may not know about Frank is that he is the second ranking United States Army Air Service pilot after Captain Eddie Rickenbacker to receive 19 aerial victories during World War I and the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor.  Luke Air Force Base in Arizona is named in his honor.

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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

An age they could be brash and die young!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 08, 2021 04:46 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When I saw the name and you said he was born in Phoenix, I figured it was leading towards Luke Air Force base, haha.

Aug 08, 2021 05:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some who prefer to do it their way get the job done well. Enjoy your day.

Aug 08, 2021 05:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Luke Air Force Base is not one I'd heard of, James... well, at least not until a few minutes ago.

Aug 08, 2021 05:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I love it, especially being out here with Luke AB.  Great inormation, thanks for sharing.  Bill

Aug 08, 2021 06:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - very memorable and unfortunate that coming in second is often forgotten.

Aug 08, 2021 06:55 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice history of Luke Air Force base in Arizona, and Luke getting the medal of Honor is wonderful,  A

Aug 08, 2021 07:01 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, sounds like this man was very important as a pilot, and was quite successful.

Aug 08, 2021 07:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have heard the name Rickenbacker before, but never this man. Nice that there is an airforce base named in honor of him.

Aug 08, 2021 08:20 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

hello James and thanks for another great history lesson to share with us here in the Rain.


Aug 08, 2021 08:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - OMG!  I should have realized where you were going with this.  Why I didn't put the connection together I do not know.  I am glad to know a little history of the namesake of "State 48's" Air Force Base. To succeed in life, you need three things:  #1. A wishbone, #2. A backbone, and #3. A funny bone! Reba McEntire

Aug 08, 2021 09:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lots of learning in this history lesson today, James.  He was certainly someone who liked to do things his way.

Aug 08, 2021 09:50 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! Quite the biography for a man with a distinguished record.

Aug 08, 2021 11:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 08, 2021 11:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I'll have to see if Larry has heard of Luke AFB!

Aug 08, 2021 02:49 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello James Dray very impressive life story of Frank Luke Jr. Sadly, his life was cut short.

Aug 08, 2021 08:32 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I always enjoy reading accomplishments from American heroes. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 08, 2021 08:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James this bought back memories, when I went to this cemetary.... the year was 1981...

Aug 08, 2021 09:34 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Second place is seldom remembered.  Thank you for keeping Frank's important contribution to this country alive James Dray .

Aug 09, 2021 06:11 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It seems to me that it is appropriate to name a Air Force base after a high-achieving fighter pilot, Ace, and Medal of Honor recipient who died fighting for his country.

Nov 08, 2021 08:30 AM