Frank Ante was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1919. He moved to New Albany, Indiana, in December 1940 to work for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. After an initially unsuccessful attempt to enlist in the military following Pearl Harbor, Ante joined the army in August 1942, and spent several months training at Camp Barkeley, Texas, before enrolling in Officer Candidate School. Transferred to Fort McPherson, Georgia, after completing the course, he married his prewar sweetheart, Betty Jane Jacober, on March 2, 1943, and soon thereafter embarked for the European theater, where he served in England, France, and Germany, and eventually attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. Following his service, Ante returned to Cincinnati, Ohio; he died in 1973.