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Local war hero, Pottsville native dies at 76

POTTSVILLE, Pa. - The Lehigh Valley has lost a war hero, and we here at WFMZ have lost a friend.

Frank Ginther died Monday morning. The Pottsville native was 76.

For years he was the manager of WJCS radio, a local Christian station based here in the WFMZ-TV building, which is how many of us knew Frank.

The wider world knew Frank because he was one of 82 American sailors who became prisoners of war in 1968, when North Korea seized their ship, the U.S.S. Pueblo.

They survived nearly a year of harsh interrogations and beatings before they were released.

Frank was an ardent Christian who said his faith in Christ helped get him through the Pueblo ordeal.

Frank Ginther will be missed. 

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