General Frank J. Toney has died, according to a statement posted online on Aug. 6, 2020.
Before his death, he had an illustrious career including missions in several theatres of conflict. He commanded all U.S. army special forces prior to his retirement and continued to work with the military in various roles until recently.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Sadly, we have learned that BG (R) Frank Toney, the first Commander of 1st Batallion, 3rd SFG (A) after our re-activation in 1990, passed away today at the age of 70. Toney led 1/3 during Operation Desert Storm.
Our condolences go out to his family.
— 3rd Special Forces Group (@3rdSFGroup) August 6, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Just found out that BG (ret) Frank Toney died. A distinguished member of the Special Forces Reg’t, I had the pleasure of serving with him in Rwanda and Haiti. A hell of a warrior. Rest easy, sir.
— Duffy Topan (@DuffySends) August 7, 2020
H.B. Plant High School Class of 1968 wrote on Facebook.
Today America lost one of its finest sons. General Frank J. Toney passed away after short battle with a severe medical condition. Frank served his country as a dedicated warrior his entire adult life. He served selflessly and never shied from harms way.
He had an illustrious career including missions in several theatres of conflict. He commanded all U.S. army special forces prior to his retirement and continued to work with the military in various roles until recently. To those who knew him personally he was always a man of his word and the best friend anyone could have.
He was a unique individual and his loss will leave a deep void for those of us privileged to have him as part of our lives. He now rests with the Lord and we will rejoice when we meet again.
Edward Livingston wrote
Very saddened to hear this news. Condolences to his entire family. His commitment to serving in our country’s military shows exactly the type of person Frank was. I remember talking to him at a reunion function. It was right after Desert Storm had ended. He shared some very real insight into how overwhelming this theater of operations was.
R.I.P., soldier. Your tour of duty is complete..
Sydney M. Bell wrote
Oh no, I am so sorry. Proud to have been educated along side of him because I certainly was not in his league! What an amazing man.
Ralph Childs wrote
Oh my God! One of my Good Friends at Plant and all the years after! I am shocked as well as well saddened beyond belief!
Fernando Núñez wrote
This hurts my heart alot! I never saw Frank after we left school but he left an impression on me that will live on. Never will forget our times playing football at Plant. My condolences to the Toney family. RIP Frank…
Irene Guy wrote
Truly saddened by his passing. Prayers to his family. What an amazing guy! Rest in paradise my friend
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