BUFFALO, NY, US
U.S. Marine Corps
SGT, 2D LAR BN, (MEB-A FWD) , 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
04/01/2010, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Frank graduated from the Riverside Institute of Technology in Buffalo, New York in 2003 and immediately joined the Marine Corp. He deployed in 2004 as well as in 2008 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with the 2nd LAR Alpha Company.
In 2009, Frank was promoted to Marine Sergeant. He then deployed on his 3rd tour, this time to Afghanistan as team leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Secretary of the Navy wrote,” December 2009- April 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Sergeant World expertly led his Marines in conducting more than 100 interdictions, involving 200 indigenous personnel and 150 vehicles, including the capture of one high value individual. On April 1,2010 while supporting OPERATION MOSHTARAK near the Taliban….stronghold of Marjah, Sergeant World’s section was tasked with escorting a maintenance vehicle to rally point when his lead vehicle was impacted by an IED, taking his life. He had trained his Marines exceptionally and they performed exactly as he would have demanded. His technical and tactical competence and unwavering compassion for the training of the Marines directly resulted in saving the lives of two other Marines and one National interpreter who were also in the damaged vehicle. Sergeant World’s initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflect credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corp. and the United States Naval Service.”
As we have read, Frank led his life with Honor, Respect, Diligence and Hard work, which led him to be a highly decorated and respected Marine
Frank was awarded these medals during his career: Rifle Marksman, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Good Conduct Medal After his death, Frank received the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal
Frank came from a line of strong, proud and God fearing men who have served our country. His late father, Cruz World served in the Marine Corp during Vietnam as well as his Uncle. Another Uncle was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and another Uncle served in the U.S. Army. His Grandfather served in the Navy during WW2.
Frank has left behind a loving family who will never forget the sacrifice he made on that fated April day. Although we are sad and mourn his death, we praise his life and what he was able to accomplish at such a young age. We will teach his children, 3 year old Jacob and infant Lily, the daughter he never had the chance to meet, that their father was a wonderful and loving man. He was strong in his faith and his beliefs as well as a leader and a strong Marine. Our family is content in knowing that until we are brought together again, Frank is guarding the gates of Heaven and on his off time, strumming his guitar. Thank you so much for offering us this opportunity to share with you some of our personal thoughts.