#VeteranOfTheDay: Army Veteran Frank Levingston


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Frank Levingston of the U.S. Army. Frank enlisted in the Army in 1942, a little less than a year after the Pearl Harbor attacks. Frank served as a private during the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943 and did a tour in North Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and spent much of his post-military life in the cement finishing business. In December 2015, Levingston was part of a group of Veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony marking the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

Frank passed away on May 3, 2016, at 110 years old. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living American man and was the oldest verified surviving American WWII Veteran. We honor his service.


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.