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Frank Denius, true hero and Consummate Longhorn

By Milton Carr (Adjutant, Texas Capital Chapter 1919, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Austin, Texas)

The Texas Longhorns' special teams are called "The Special Forces" in honor of Frank Denius, a long-time supporter of the football team who was one of the ten most decorated soldiers involved in the European Theater and the D-Day Invasion in World War II. Every time the Longhorns practice, they do so at the practice facility named in his honor. Denius has been named a Distinguished American by the Greater Austin Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame, and is chairman of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Veterans Committee. This is his story.

Frank Denius thru the years

 

Franklin W. Denius spent his early childhood in Athens, Texas, where his family lived and where he attended public schools. As a young teenager, he went off to military prep school, Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. He graduated there in 1942 and then enrolled, as a member of the Army Program for 17 year olds, at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. After two semesters he enlisted in the Army and entered active duty June 3, 1943. Pvt. Denius, after basic artillery training, was assigned to the 30th Infantry Division.

 

... in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, his forward observer party was again supporting the infantry battalion. On December 22, 1944, they found themselves in the path of a German Panzer attack. Their artillery observation post was discovered by the enemy and taken under fire by German tanks. Despite the fire that began to fall all around him, Sgt. Denius refused to withdraw from the post and continued "rendering artillery support" until the attack had been repulsed. Staff Sgt. Franklin W. Denius later received his third award (second oak leaf cluster) of the Silver Star. He was still a teenager at the time. Frank was wounded during the fighting in Normandy, wounded again during the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded his second Purple Heart in February 1945. After serving with his unit in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns through to the end of the war in Europe, Frank Denius returned home with the 30th Infantry Division. He arrived in the United States on August 25, 1945, and proceeded home to Texas where he was discharged in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston on October 2. A fourth Silver Star was awarded to Frank after the war was over in 1945.  

After leaving the Army he enrolled at The University of Texas and he has made his home in Austin ever since. Frank graduated in 1949, a big year for him. He earned degrees in both business and law; was admitted to the State Bar of Texas; went to work for the Austin law firm of Looney, Clark and Moorhead; and became a director in the Cain Foundation (established by his uncle, Wofford Cain, a 1913 Texas A&M graduate and former A&M regent). That year, too, he married Charmaine Hooper who was also from Athens, Texas.

 

But nowhere is his personal involvement more apparent than it is with University of Texas football. He goes to all the home games and most of the away games. He faithfully attends all the football practices as well, which once prompted Coach Mack Brown to say, "He's made more practices than I have."

Frank is a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1919. Frank and Charmaine Denius have two children, Frank Wofford Denius and Charmaine Denius McGill, and three grandchildren.

Frank Denius  contributions to Longhorn traditions represents  a portal to the past that reminds Longhorn fans that heritage shapes the present and empowers the future. "In glory and with eternal gratitude to all veterans whose legacy is our freedom." -- Frank Denius