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

Biography

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Franklin graduated from Greenville High School in 1941. His yearbook quote was: “They admired him for his skill at golf.” He also participated in Latin Club 2; Jr & Sr Hi-Y, Boys Physical Training 3, and Block Letter Club 4.

He attended Randles Preparatory School in Washington before being appointed to the Naval Academy by Senator Burnet R. Maybank in May 1942. After graduating in 1945, he was sent to the Pacific to be on an aircraft carrier.

In March 1948, he returned home from being in China. He was then going to Pensacola for flight training. On July 3 in Greenville, Franklin gave his sister away at her wedding to George Edward Dyke, Jr. Franklin was involved in an automobile accident in March 1950 and was hospitalized in Jacksonville with leg injuries.

Franklin’s parents divorced before 1930. His father was in sales. His mother Elizabeth (nee Beattie) raised Franklin and his sister Elizabeth “Betty,” and she worked as a sales person in a printing office. She often visited Franklin when he was state-side, and he spent many furloughs at home. She died in 1962.


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Class of 1946

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

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