Highway to be named after war hero

Published 10:27 am Thursday, February 14, 2019

Honors keep pouring in for World War II hero Harold Frank.

A total of 3.7 miles of US 64 East, from the Yadkin River bridge to NC 801, will be named the Harold Frank Highway.

And the 94 year old is heading to Europe later this spring on a trip that will take him to the 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in France.

County commissioners unanimously approved naming the highway after Frank at their February meeting. The idea was the brainchild of Billy McDaniel Jr., Frank’s nephew.

“I thought this was a good time to put a sign up on 64 letting him know we appreciate his service,” McDaniel said.

“I’ve known Mr. Frank all of my life, and he’s a good an honorable man,” said county commissioner, Richard Poindexter. “I appreciate the service he gave to our country and the sacrifices he made for us.”

Poindexter said that section of road was chosen because Frank, from the Tyro community in Davidson County, traveled it often while visiting his “sweetheart” in Davie County.

“Davie County has been awful good to me,” Frank said. He told of how he met his wife-to-be while working in Lexington. He flirted with her daily until she finally asked what he wanted. She agreed to a date.  He said he nearly wore his car out visiting her before a year later, they were married.

His wife, Reba, died three years ago after 68 years of marriage.

“I couldn’t have found a better woman nowhere. Thank ya’ll for this honor, for naming a highway after me.”

He talked about his family, about he and his wife’s brothers and sisters. “They’re all gone, all but this old boy.”

Frank also said he is looking forward to taking part in the D-Day commemoration, sponsored by the national World War II Museum, and that Mark Hager is going along to document the trip. “I couldn’t turn that trip down. It’s a big honor.” But he did say he didn’t want to visit the area where he was shot and captured by the Germans.

He is one of two surviving World War II veterans from North Carolina who will go on the trip.

Ronnie Smith is raising money to help pay Frank’s expenses. Contact Smith at 336-306-4946 to donate.