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. 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."

Lucky Bag

Francis Whittle Greene is listed among those “gone but not forgotten.”



Francis was killed in action with Japanese forces on March 22, 1945 when his PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bomber was shot down over Xiamen, China.

Other Information

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 [now Xiamen], China on 22 March 1945. Greene and 5 other crew were lost.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

In 1940 "Frank" lived with his mom Winifred who was divorced and his brother Robert, 16, and Winifred, age 11.

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

Class of 1946

Francis is one of 36 members of the Class of 1946 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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