FRANKLIN SMITH, JR., LTJG, USN
Franklin Smith, Jr. '46
Date of birth: March 30, 1924
Date of death: September 15, 1950
From the 1946 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Lieutenant Junior Grade Smith was the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 63, Carrier Air Group Two aboard the aircraft carrier, USS BOXER (CV-21). On September 19, 1950, after completing a raid over Korea, as his aircraft landed, it struck the barrier and went overboard inverted
Inscription: Lt US Navy. Killed in Action off Korea
Memorial Hall Error?
Franklin is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this (incidental to combat flights) has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.