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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 5, 1920
Date of death: November 8, 1944
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


At Large

In true Navy Junior fashion, Frank learned his ABC's in schools from Newport to Honolulu. But, broad as his education has been, he has had his troubles with the fairer sex. Nevertheless, dragging rain or shine, he keeps at it, always believing that SHE will be found just over the horizon. Throughout the year, Tommie's leisure hours have been spent mostly in swimming, while "quiet" sails in the ketches have lured him away over the weekends. Upon his graduation, his first bid is "twenty thousand leagues under the sea." Can it be his love of submarines or a childhood sweetheart in New London?

He was a member of the swim team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Francis was lost when USS Growler (SS 215) was sunk by Japanese surface vessels on November 8, 1944 in the South China Sea.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


Francis was on the commissioning crew of USS Dace (SS 247) in July 1943.

William Williams '43 was aboard Growler but was killed in action (February 7, 1943) before Francis reported aboard.

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Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 and Norman Naylor ’43 were also lost when Growler was sunk.

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