FRANCIS W. GREENE, ENS, USNR

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Greene '46

Date of birth: August 21, 1921

Date of death: March 22, 1945

Age: 23

Naval Academy Register

Francis Whittle Greene was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 7, 1942 at age 20 years 11 months.

Lucky Bag

Francis Whittle Greene is listed among those “gone but not forgotten.” The 1944 Naval Academy Register lists him as resigning on January 14, 1943 with this note: "Deficient in studies. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."

Loss

From the summary of the March 1945 War Diary entry of Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB)119 via Find A Grave:

Ensign Francis [Whittie] Greene was a Co-Pilot on a US Navy PB4Y-2 'Privateer' squadron VPB-119 when his plane was shot down over Amoy Harbor, China on 22 March 1945. Greene and 5 other crew were lost.

Frank was survived by his widow, Ellie S. Greene, and a posthumous daughter, Frances W. Greene, born in April, 1945. He has a memory marker in Hawaii that gives his home state as Virginia.


Class of 1946

Francis is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 in Memorial Hall.