FRANKLIN P. HOLCOMB, MIDN, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Franklin Holcomb '07

Date of birth: December 24, 1884

Date of death: June 11, 1907

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1907 Lucky Bag:

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FRANKLIN PORTEOUS HOLCOMB

New Castle, Delaware

"Fatty," "Hole"

A jolly fat boy who tried track athletics for three years to reduce his plumpness, but specialized too keenly in the training table department. Was unanimously elected caterer of B Section mess last summer, and conducted moonlight excursions ashore, (with a dinghy's sailing crew of twelve) after milk, ducks and green apples. Has to wait for low tide before he can sight his home port in little Delaware. Talks with the nasal twang of a true Yankee. A fusser, born and bred. "Gimme ten cents for toast."

Buzzard (2); Star (4); Track Team (4, 3, 2).

1907 Holcomb LB.jpg

FRANKLIN PORTEOUS HOLCOMB

New Castle, Delaware

"Fatty," "Hole"

A jolly fat boy who tried track athletics for three years to reduce his plumpness, but specialized too keenly in the training table department. Was unanimously elected caterer of B Section mess last summer, and conducted moonlight excursions ashore, (with a dinghy's sailing crew of twelve) after milk, ducks and green apples. Has to wait for low tide before he can sight his home port in little Delaware. Talks with the nasal twang of a true Yankee. A fusser, born and bred. "Gimme ten cents for toast."

Buzzard (2); Star (4); Track Team (4, 3, 2).

Loss

Franklin was lost when the steam-powered launch he was aboard was run down and sunk on June 11, 1907, in Hampton Roads. He was a passenger returning to the battleship Connecticut, which he was stationed aboard, from the Jamestown Exposition.

From Find A Grave:

Franklin Porteous Holcomb was born in New Castle, Delaware, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Holcomb. His brother was Thomas Holcomb, who later became Commandant of the Marine Corps. Franklin was appointed to the Naval Academy as a cadet-at-large by Representative Henry Houston. He was admitted to the Academy on July 3, 1903, in the class of 1907.

Holcomb graduated early, on September 12, 1906, finishing 33rd of the 86 early graduates. The Class of 1907 numbered a total of 223 (as of June 1906).

At the time of his death on June 11, 1907, he was returning from the Jamestown Exposition to his ship, the USS Connecticut, on a motor launch from the USS Minnesota. The launch was lost during transit between Discovery Point and the Connecticut, taking the lives of five sailors and six midshipmen. Four of the midshipmen were from the class of 1907, the other two from the class of 1906. The cause of the late night incident was attributed to the launch being run under a barge, at the time being towed by the Tug Crisfield, carrying a number of loaded freight cars from Cape Charles to Norfolk. Holcomb's body was recovered on June 17, 1907, about 12 miles from the incident.

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Philip Field '06, William Stevenson '06, Walter Ulrich '07, Herbert Holden '07, and Henry Murfin, Jr. '07 were also drowned in this incident.



Class of 1907

Franklin is one of 13 members of the Class of 1907 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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