From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Frawley '22

Date of birth: April 24, 1900

Date of death: October 28, 1927

Age: 27

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Collision of Two Scout Planes at Pensacola, Florida, Last Friday Killed Lieut. Edward R. Frawley of Fulton, and CSeof. W.J. McCord of St. Louis - Body of Frawley Brought to Home of Parents In Fulton — Notable Career of Frawley.

Fultonians were, stunned last Friday night, when the news reached this city of the tragic death of Lieutenant Edward R. Frawley of this city, at the Naval Air Training station at Pensacola, Florida, on Friday afternoon, and unstinted sympathy is extended to the parents and other relatives. The details of the accident were in substance that the,two scout planes were flying in formation some 5,000 feet in the air, when they crashed together and fell to the ground, landing on some buildings. The two bodies were removed from the wreckage and an investigation was at once started.

Edward R. Frawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Frawley, was born in Fulton April 24th, 1900. He attended the Fulton public schools and graduated in the Class of 1916.

Through the efforts of the late Myron S. Stranahan of this city and Congressman Luther W. Mott of Oswego the was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, on the strength of his high standing, in the examination of applicants. The wonderful progress he made in his studies at the naval academy was apparent to the faculty and he made rapid progress. He soon became guard on the football team and later stroke of the naval crew he was a member of the winning crew in the varsity race on the Hudson at Poughkeepsie and later stroke of the U.S. Olympic crew that won the world championship at Antwerp, Belgium. He returned to his home in this city following the Belgium victory, and accorded a home-coming ovation, followed by a banquet at the Recreation Park Auditorium one of the greatest events of honor ever held in Fulton.

He was graduated from the naval academy in 1922, with unusual honors. Since his graduation the academy faculty had him assigned as assisting rowing coach. After he was given a naval trip assignment and still later transferred to the Pensaeola naval station where he took up aviation. Success continued through well-merited efforts and he was officially designated to po to the Phillippine air station, the transfer to have been effective this month.

Christmas Day, 1923, he married Miss Kathryn Healey of Boston, who, with her daughter, Alice, aged three, survive him. Other survivors are his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Frawley, Sr., of this city; three brothers, John S. Jr., of Albany; Matthew, manual training instructor in Fulton High, and Joseph, student in Syracuse university and a member of the rowing and football squads in that school; three sisters, Margaret, Ellen and Marcella, all of this city.

Lieut Frawley was a member of the church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Jospeh's council, Knights of Columbus, of this city.

As a young man in the city he was possessed of a faculty of making friends and retaining all such associations in school, he was far advanced in the naval academy he was among the foremost students in studies and athletics. This is evidenced by his many promotions; all well earned. His sudden and tragic death on the threshold of another promotion is a shock, alike to his immediate family, his relatives and the numerous friends and acquaintances.

To the stricken family the unstinted sympathy and condolences of the entire community is extended.

The remains arrived in Fulton Sunday, in charge of Undertaker James Cole and taken to the home of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. John Frawy, at 71 West First street. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Rev. J.L. Lindsman celebrated a requiem high mass.

Source: The Fulton Patriot, Nov 2, 1927

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Class of 1922

Edward is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.