ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Few men have been as active in the civic life of Atlantic Highlands as Bernard "Bernie" Frotton. In town, he has worn many hats over many years. A former councilman, harbor , recreation and shade tree commissioner, code enforcement officer, zoning officer, and co-founder of the Henry Hudson Booster Club, he sat on countless sub-committees for the betterment of the town. He has received numerous awards for his many accomplishments and it was these and his duty to country as a veteran and former commander of the American Legion C. Eugene Allen Memorial Post 141 that he was honored Monday during the Memorial Day services at Veterans Memorial Park.
Dave Carr (l) Adjutant for American Legion Post 141 present a flag to Bernard Frotton.
Dave Carr, Adjutant of American Legion Post 141, presented Mr. Frotton with a flag that had been flown in two missions over Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The flag was flown over liberated Iraq on February 14, 2010 aboard an F-16C+ by the 119th Fighter Squadron, NJ Guard unit from Atlantic City, NJ and on April 16, 2010 aboard F-16C+ by the 121st Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard Dessert Vipers. The flag was the Frotton's personal American flag and they were very surprised to see it back. Mr. Carr, who arranged to have the flag flown, used a ruse to "borrow" it from the Frotton's to lend to a friend.
Mr. Frotton served in Korea from 1950-1953. Before the war, he and three of his buddies made a pact. If any of them were drafted they would all enlist. Sure enough, the number came up for one of his pals and they all enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned two purple hearts in Korea for wounds to his arm and leg. He returned to duty after each injury. When he returned stateside, he was stationed as a prison guard in New Hampshire, a job, his wife, Jane, says he did not like at all.
Bernie has said that he loves every job he has had in town.