FRANKLIN SMITH, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Franklin Smith, Jr. '46

Date of birth: March 30, 1924

Date of death: September 15, 1950

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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.

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Class of 1946

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