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Francis “Frank” E. White

January 17, 1943 - December 15, 2022
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DEA Legend, Frank White, went home to Valhalla on December 15, 2022. An Airborne Ranger, White served in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross for distinguished service. During his career with the Drug Enforcement Administration, White provided leadership forContinue Reading

Michael Averett left a message on April 16, 2024:
Best trainer I ever had. Thank you for everything you taught me. Rest in Peace Sir.
David Tindall left a message on October 20, 2023:
LT. Thank you for all you have done. You were my boss .friend , family. I will carry you with me always. Rest easy.
David Hunt left a message on July 26, 2023:
While working at Blythes sport shop and range in Valparaiso,In.Frank would bring in fresh meat (security guards)to be trained.Every time we met he would always say “Hey trooper have you got any blood on the street “.One day out of complete ignorance I asked Frank if he used hollow points in his .45.He just laughed and said trooper your sending 230 grains of death their way and you don’t need any hollow points.Loved this guy.If only those guards knew who Frank was.
Wally derose left a message on July 25, 2023:
My condolences to his family and those iwho were close to him. He was one of a kind. A great guy and american legion Rest in peace frank. Wally derose Gary PD us state dss
Wally derose left a message on July 25, 2023:
My condolences to his family and those iwho were close to him. He was one of a kind. A great guy and american legion Rest in peace frank. Wally derose Gary PD us state dss
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Wally derose left a message on July 25, 2023:
My condolences to his family and those iwho were close to him. He was one of a kind. A great guy and american legion Rest in peace frank. Wally derose Gary PD us state dss
Janine Lathrop Velasquez left a message on May 17, 2023:
Your life and presence continues to be an inspiration to this household. You were one of the few cut in an outstanding mold, not many are made like you, and so much the pity for those who are left. Your kind words to myself and daughter in our times of stress were much appreciated. God Speed to you, and stay in His presence!
Michael Cain left a message on March 5, 2023:
The world is down one good guy and an outstanding gunfighter. I will miss him greatly. He was the center of many of my training stories I told numerous officers. Reading his citation for the Silver Star I saw that he lived his life in service to those he was with.
Don Scurlock left a message on February 11, 2023:
REST IN PIECE WARRIOR, PROUD TO KNOW YOU RANGER
Jim Harris left a message on January 22, 2023:
My condolences-May he RIP. Frank was a very talented and brave Special Agent who I worked with in NY and both of us pursued the notorious NY wise guy supplied heroin trafficker, major gambler, heavy weight boxing contender and a gun packer of Clairtown, PA -Zack Robinson major interstate distributor to include the Stanley Harris Organization of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh office & NYJTF conspiracy and seizure off some $288,000 in cash from him on arrest warrant related search. He packed guns and pulled down on Frank and other agent trying to arrest just after out on TF gun and drug arrest Zack took nine rounds - survived to be tried but seems wise guy found him a threat and nobody known his demise. Worked in Miami DO when Frank there- he dealing with Colombian cowboys who made mistake to bring guns bear- bad move- and rip off would be weed buyers kidnapping uc agents- perk drew down to same end! Frank like me close with ailing Tom Sheehan and Frank always stayed in contact over some 30 years into December 2022 when Tom passed- and shockingly Frank passed. Both will be sorely missed. Respectfully, Jim Harris
george velasquez left a message on January 22, 2023:
There too much thing we gone through to cover it all. you was my 2nd father, a best friend and a great partner. the world is a bit darker without you here. rest my friend now the men and women you have train to pick up the battel and hold the line.
Charles Mammoser left a message on January 19, 2023:
Deepest condolences to the White family. I was a military policeman assigned to the Chicago DEA in the early 90's. I had the great fortune of being able to spend time with the legends of the DEA. Frank, Mel Shabillion, Oscar Simon and many other great agents. I spent hours on the range and in the classroom listening to Frank talk about the about political and real-world policing and the difference between the two. Years later as a Lt with the CPD, I saw how right he was. Frank will be missed, but he will live on in some of the best police stories ever told. RIP Frank.. Chuck Mammoser
Meave Sheehan left a message on January 15, 2023:
I heard great stories about Frank from my father and I know my Dad, who worked in. the NYC, San Francisco and DC offices, appreciated hearing from him over the years. Thank you for your kindness, Frank..
David Grant left a message on January 13, 2023:
The man who never slept! I am so thankful for Mr. Whites inspiration, mentorship and leadership during my career. I always appreciated his relentlessness pursuit of getting things done and accomplished. I even appreciated the zero dark thirty wakeups! RIP. In honor and respect. Dave Grant
Lawrence Mendosa left a message on January 13, 2023:
R.I.P. Frank E. White (FEW). I am saddened by the recent news of Frank's passing. Frank will be missed by those who worked with him throughout their careers at DEA. It was an honor to have worked for and with Frank White a true DEA legend and American hero. I will always remember him as an old school, no nonsense boss, who actually cared about the people he led. He made sure agents had the proper training, equipment and leadership support to do their jobs, he led by example and was a fearless innovative leader. A little Frank White trivia, FEW was the driving force behind DEA's current SRT program. In 1985 he started the SFFD's tactical response team concept and then moved onto leading in the development of Operation SNOWCAP in 1989 from Quantico, VA. Operation SNOWCAP was the blue print for the FAST program in later years. Even in retirement, Frank still cared about those who served to protect society, the men & women who wore a badge and gun. I frequently, read his internet posts of critical LE shooting incidents, know as "The White Reports." Frank reported on critical LE incidents, provided analysis of each incident and based on his background, decades of LE and military experience provided the reader audience with lessons learned and food for thought while performing their LE duties, lessons that may save yours or your partners life. The White Reports were Frank's continued contributions to the LE brotherhood. You will be missed my friend, go in peace. Respectfully, Larry Mendosa
N. Blemmer left a message on January 10, 2023:
Thank you Frank for all your inspiration and encouragement, teaching us to be stronger and more resilient than we thought, accomplishing things we never thought we could do, and treating everyone on equally important. You will be greatly missed.
Sherrie Wilmore left a message on January 5, 2023:
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. Condolences to the White family. Mr. White was a great role model and friend
Ron Schlesinger left a message on January 4, 2023:
My Condolences to Trish, Chet, and Frank’s loved ones. Frank is and will always be my friend. He and I started shooting together with a mutual friend Jerry McMahon in 2017. Frank and I lost Jerry two years and one day prior to Franks passing. Frank always called the three of us the Three Amigos. We went to the gun range together nearly every week. For a few hours a week the three buddies became boys again. We competed, egged each other on, pushed each other to be faster /more accurate and always had fun together. Frank and I used to speak of missing Jerry often. Now I will miss them both. Ron Schlesinger
Brian Chobot left a message on January 2, 2023:
Frank was my cousin. I always looked up to him. From Frank I learned the meaning of my love for my country, my love for the US Army and my career in law enforcement. Frank will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Trish and family.
George A. Auflick left a message on December 27, 2022:
I, like many of you, were anticipating the Frank White Christmas Card. Every year, a photo of himself with Trish and Comanche, until he lost his canine buddy. Those photos said a lot. A man who stays in shape. Ready for anything. Rock, as many of us know him, was my second DEA Supervisor in the Infamous Miami GP 3. I had Pete Scrocca, another Legend, as my first GP3 Sup. I was so lucky to then get Frank. Each different but each Legendary. Frank became my Mentor, lasting through Snowcap. Then a Great Friend. I will miss him greatly and Trish who he loved fully, please accept my deepest condolences.
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Nancy and Kevin Lane left a message on December 27, 2022:
Our condolences to the White family and everyone who knew Frank. He was one of a kind. May God bless his soul.
Ray MAGNO left a message on December 26, 2022:
HE WALKED IT
Manny and joan marin left a message on December 25, 2022:
Great boss great man
Guadalupe Sanchez left a message on December 23, 2022:
My condolences to the White family. May his memory not fade away. A true leader and warrior in his time.
John McCutcheon left a message on December 22, 2022:
Frank was great American who was outstanding in serving the country. He was a gentleman, very respectful of everyone, greatly admired and a pleasure to serve with.
Bob McGuire left a message on December 22, 2022:
Frank was a fine man, human being and warrior. He is responsible for saving the lives of many DEA agents because of his forward thinking, emphasis on agent survival skills and demanding that all agents participated. He really cared about those who worked for him. Frank led from the front: He jumped first and ate last! I will miss him as will many in the law enforcement community. Frank earned all of the respect he was given. Masses and prayers will be said for he and his family by the Maryknoll Fathers. A man for others and true warrior. Bob McGuire
Brian Morris left a message on December 22, 2022:
In memory of Francis “Frank” E. White, Brian Morris lit a candle
John Litton left a message on December 22, 2022:
Frank was a fellow DEA Agent, and a Warrior but most of all he was my friend. My Condolences to Trish and his family.
Fran Cardwell Wheeler left a message on December 22, 2022:
A tough, fair, and honest man! First meeting Frank after a very short time with BNDD, I realized these words fit him to a T. After I married Lynn, we both agreed on Frank's character, loyalty, and sincerity. We thought the world of him and knew what a special friend he was. I know Frank and Lynn are sharing some "war" stories of both Vietnam and BNDD/DEA. Rest in Peace Very Special Agent White. Fran
Mike Waniewski left a message on December 22, 2022:
1968 and I am assigned to NYRO of FBN. Thrown into Group 3 with Manning as the senior agent and me with Frank as junior agents (Maltz, Cooper, Cushing, Mordecai, Goldenbaum, Flynn et al). So much to relate but in brief you had to be with Frank on surveillance to appreciate his persona. Better yet you had to be at the range at 90 Church to see Frank put "hot loads" through his nickel plated Colt Python .357. Through the many years we stayed in touch. I was never able to convince Frank that Jim Hunt called him "Whizzer" after his idol and WWII fellow soldier, Byron "Whizzer" White, former Associate Supreme Court Justice. RIP my friend the memories are everlasting.
Dr. Richard Inscore left a message on December 22, 2022:
Comrades, I have been waiting for Frank and Trish’s Christmas card, and now I know why it is late. Today, with a heavy heart, I read your comments about a true warrior; I reviewed many of Frank’s emails, and took several trips down memory lane from New York, Miami, Headquarters, and South America. We were blessed to have known Frank White! Please indulge my one additional contribution: Frank White was one of the finest leaders America has produced in my lifetime. Semper Fi
Damon Theis left a message on December 21, 2022:
Frank was a regular at the pistol range at the Glen Park Izaak Walton. He will be greatly missed by his fellow members. We probably won’t have to rebuild the backstop as often now. He was a hell of a shooter. God bless.
Fred Gregory left a message on December 21, 2022:
A helluva agent. I worked a case with Frank and his group in the mid-70s. A great leader. RIP
Bill K. left a message on December 21, 2022:
Frank will be remembered by many for his courage and dedication, and to some for his humanity. Frank was an example and a mentor, and I will always be grateful for having known him. God Bless.
Guy Hall left a message on December 21, 2022:
In memory of Francis “Frank” E. White, Guy Hall lit a candle
George L. Lewis, IV left a message on December 21, 2022:
I am very sorry to learn of DEA Special Agent Frank E. White's passing. I had the honor of training with this fine leader in 1988 and respected that Frank represented the best of the best as an old school Agent. Frank was a tactical operative known as "the Wizard". Some may have referred to him as "the Rifleman". When I visited his office and asked about his two sub machine guns against the wall with boxes of extra ammo stacked up he replied "I survived Vietnam and if the Colombians storm this place I will be ready." In his retirement he quoted General McArthur who once said "Old soldiers never die, never die, never die they simply fade away." S/A White's life made a difference because he was a man of honor. God bless him.
Steve Moran left a message on December 21, 2022:
We lost a truly legendary BNDD/DEA SA. It was an honor to work with Frank.
Steve Moran left a message on December 21, 2022:
We lost a truly legendary BNDD/DEA SA. It was an honor to work with Frank.
Dave Rodriguez left a message on December 21, 2022:
I worked with Frank in Chicago. He was the Associate SAC and I was a new ASAC. We were both Vietnam Vets so we had a lot of conversations about our experiences and leadership. He was always straight forward in his dealings with others inside and outside DEA. I could always count on him for support and guidance. He was a brother in arms. Rest in peace my friend.
Marty Maguire left a message on December 21, 2022:
There are certain men who stand out in one's memory. Frank was unforgettable. He was a patriot and leader. May you rest in peace ,Frank, Condolences to Trish and family.
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Kenneth ‘Mac’ McCarron left a message on December 21, 2022:
To Trish and her and Frank’s family. My wife and I send our most sincere condolences with Frank’s passing. Frank was a legend with the DEA and helped and guided many of us during our careers. He loved his country and respected our flag. My heart goes out to you and your family and pray that your healing will be quick. GOD BLESS you all and RIP Frank White…
GERALD HANCOCK left a message on December 21, 2022:
It was a privilege to have known Frank.
Warren D. Lowe left a message on December 21, 2022:
I offer my deepest condolences to Frank White's colleagues, loved ones and family. As a brand-new Special Agent, I worked for Frank White in the Chicago Division when he was our Associate SAC. I remember him as a rare law enforcement executive who meant what he said and who led from the front. I also remember him being a man whose word you could take to the bank. If Frank White had not chosen to be a DEA Special Agent, then he would have surely been a plank owner in an Army special mission unit. RIP Frank and enjoy Valhalla to the max!
Stu Stromfeld left a message on December 21, 2022:
A one of a kind. A dear collogue who I shall remember fondly. May he rest in peace.
Vincent Velotta left a message on December 21, 2022:
You cannot relive the great history and accomplishments of the DEA New York Field Office without the numerous contributions of Frank. He was a leader, great example and true patriot. Frank, rest in peace with the Almighty.
Doug Kuehl left a message on December 21, 2022:
Frank was a true DEA legend and will be missed by all. It was an honor to have known and worked with Frank. Sincere condolences to the White family. Doug Kuehl retired DEA
Mike Garland left a message on December 21, 2022:
Hands down the best supervisor I had in DEA. I learned so much from Frank. I will always cherish the conversations I had with Frank during long surveillances- we discussed everything from the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to the latest DEA policies. A true warrior, a true gentleman.
John O'Brien left a message on December 21, 2022:
My condolences to Frank's family. We have all lost a good and decent man. Frank and I were partners in the NYC field office during the FBN days. On one raid in the Bronx, Frank broke his arm and I helped set it in the hospital. He was a great friend and partner.
Joe Dubois left a message on December 21, 2022:
Never met the man, but he was larger than life. When I was a baby agent, his feats were legend. RIP.
John Hannan left a message on December 21, 2022:
I am a better person to have met, trained, and worked under his leadership . May he rest in peace. My Condolences to his family , who shared him with us all in DEA.
Ben Post left a message on December 21, 2022:
I had the privilege to interview Frank for a history of DEA and predecessor agencies back in 2017. I came to that interview after so many others in the ranks of DEA in the 1970s and 1980s had told me I had to interview Frank to get a true picture of DEA during those turbulent days of "Cocaine Cowboys" and Operation Snowcap. One of my conclusions, shared by many others, was that Frank through his own strength of personality and strength of character was responsible for turning Snowcap into a viable and far safer program. The changes in training, tactics, and operations spearheaded by Frank during Snowcap in the late 1980s would ultimately lay the foundations that would be reignited a generation later with the DEA FAST program in Afghanistan. I do not think it is at all a stretch to state that the changes made by Frank led to the saving of agent lives in Snowcap and later in FAST. Rest in Peace.
William Davis left a message on December 21, 2022:
"FEW" (known for putting his initials on the top corner of any correspondence he read) was truly a leader of leaders. His "command presence" was incredible when he walked into a room. I knew Mr. White when I was a Junior Investigator in San Francisco DEA many years ago; no matter how busy he was, we was never too busy to stop and answer a question or give guidance. ALL Agents, Investigators, Intel and Clerical respected him for his dedication to the Mission of DEA. God Bless You Frank White!! My deepest condolences to his family; he was truly an American Hero in the strict sense of the words. William Davis, DPM (Ret) DEA San Francisco 2002-2008
John J. Coleman left a message on December 21, 2022:
I served with Frank at the NYFD in the 1970s. Frank was a great addition to the office at a time when it needed his skill and military background. He helped to institute the need for detailed raid plans that mimiced the precision of a battle plan. Frank was a man who led by example and his troops loved him, knowing that he was always there for them. We are all better off for having known a man like Frank White. May he rest in peace and my codolences and prayers go out to his many friends and loved ones.
William SEGARRA left a message on December 21, 2022:
My deepest sympathy to the Frank White family. I will always have great memories of Frank during his honorable service in DEA and highly respected him for his great service in the military…while in Vietnam . After retirement, we would always send each other Christmas cards and kept in touch. Even after retirement, Frank became a fantastic instructor for local police. Frank will be missed RIP my friend. Bill & Elaine SEGARRA
William Healey left a message on December 21, 2022:
A true Warrior. It was my honor to know Frank. Rest in Peace
Don Rospond left a message on December 21, 2022:
Anyone who had the honor of knowing and working with Frank will attest that he was a true DEA legend and an American war hero. May he rest in peace after a long life of honorable service to this country! God Bless!
David J Hoyt left a message on December 21, 2022:
Frank was a legend in the old 90 Church Street office. As a new agent, from a small NewHampshire town, I learned a lot from Frank about living in the big city. As a member of Group 3, under Bob "The Chief" Manning, I got a condensed version of how the real world worked in BNDD. New York in the 1960s and 70s was the place to be to learn the drug enforcement business in the fast lane to becoming a "real narc." Frank was irreplaceable.
Scott Masumoto left a message on December 21, 2022:
Lest we forget this man among men who was a true warrior and led the men and women of the DEA Chicago Field Division, circa 1990+. My sympathy.
Jeff Clancy left a message on December 21, 2022:
My deepest sympathies to the White Family. Frank was a true hero, warrior and a man’s man. He will always be remembered as a leader who placed the welfare of his people first. RIP Frank. You will not be forgotten.
Frank Torres left a message on December 21, 2022:
Rest in peace, you will long be remembered.
Bill Ledwith left a message on December 21, 2022:
Frank was my GS for several years while in Ft. Lauderdale RO back in the early eighties and a good friend and a great leader. We will all miss him. Bill Ledwith
Thomas Kelly left a message on December 21, 2022:
I worked with Frank in San Francisco & he was a great man. He helped me a lot. He is in a much better place now.
Richard Crock left a message on December 21, 2022:
"Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at me grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die."...Clare Harner 1934
Anthony Petrino left a message on December 21, 2022:
RIP Frank you were the best. Condolences to the family
Edward Wezain left a message on December 21, 2022:
Godspeed Frank! You were never politically correct, but you were always right. You will be missed.
William " Bill " Simpson Jr. left a message on December 20, 2022:
My Deepest condolence, Frank was a True / well respected Leader. He was my first supervisor for 7 1/2 years. He never asked agents to do anything that he wouldn't do, He was always in the field with his agents working around the clock to get the job done. He was BNDD / DEA's Legendary Supervisory Special Agent. It was an honor to know and work for / with" The Wizard " Frank E White.
Robert Brightwell left a message on December 20, 2022:
Frank will always be remembered as the best of the best
Freddie Bradshaw left a message on December 20, 2022:
“NeverForget” Frank will forever be remembered by those who knew him or heard about him. Prayers to the family for this great man and true hero. RIP my friend, you truly earned it.
Donald Ferrarone left a message on December 20, 2022:
To call Frank a legend is an understatement. As a young agent in NYC, Frank was what I wanted to be. I never made it. Frank was always way out in front of us all. He knew the path and never stepped off the trail. It was an honor to follow to follow him.
Al Shanahan left a message on December 20, 2022:
In the world history of law enforcement, fewer than 700 men ever stood behind the badge of The Federal Bureau of Narcotics. New FBN Agents were told by our supervisors to "watch Frank White" and try to learn how to do honor to the badge we were given. Blessings on you Frank and your family. FBN/DEA SSA Agent Frank White and his exploits and success will be long remembered and rarely duplicated, Rest In Peace and we all will meet again at the last "All Hands" briefing.
Erik Ellenes left a message on December 20, 2022:
Frank White was one of the first DEA supervisors i ever worked for at DEA during the years of 1988/1989. Though i was a rookie he treated me with the utmost of respect and constantly relayed words of wisdom of how to succeed as a DEA agent and how to also not get hurt. He was a character as anyone who knows him will agree. He, along with several other stellar agents in the Snowcap Headquarters Section, helped me and several other rookies for years into our careers. I was lucky enough to eventually have the same exact supervisor job as he did in the 80s. Frank’s name came up often in my travels around the world and his stories traveled with me. He, and what he represented, will be missed and remembered by many. Farewell Friend.
Anthony Romano left a message on December 20, 2022:
"O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells; Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;" Rest in peace my friend for we will ALL meet again someday. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Andrew Dutton left a message on December 20, 2022:
I was a summer intern (college student) at DEA Headquarters from '86-'89. I ran small errands for an agent (John DiGravio) who often worked with Frank White on Snowcap logistics. Frank White was the personification of courage and keeping cool-under-fire. I once told him I wanted to join the U.S. Coast Guard as a rescue helicopter pilot. He looked at me and simply said, "Coast Guard's a pu$$y outfit!" After a 23 year career in the USCG, I still laugh about that. Rest in peace, sir.
Billy Subici left a message on December 20, 2022:
Good friend , a fear worrier, patriot and fantastic boss , you will be missed , you went your way RIP Frank ,as always you sign your emails Semper Fidelis …Always Faithful ??Condolence to the family…
Joe Kilmer left a message on December 20, 2022:
I heard about Frank long before I ever met him. I vividly recall his visit to the Chapare, Bolivia basecamp in 1988 on my first Op Snowcap Tour - Frank was there to assess the security of the camp. His memo to DEA Headquarters was "unique" to say the least! His writing style.....amazing! Frank certainly backed all of his men and women and would do anything to see their mission succeed.
Jeff Behrmann left a message on December 20, 2022:
Till we meet again my friend.
Bert left a message on December 20, 2022:
Some good times that will never be forgotten. The Emerald Triangle got a real lesson while you ran the show. See ya on the other side.
George whelan left a message on December 19, 2022:
One of a kind. Made decisions, stuck by them and supported his subordinates to the hilt. Saved my butt more than once and never brought it up. Controversial for sure but effective. Did whatever he instructed subordinates to do. In an era of weak leaders, he stuck to his guns—-double entendre intended. He is at peace now.
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