From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank McCord '11

Date of birth: August 2, 1890

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1911 Lucky Bag:


1911 McCord 1.jpg

Frank was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933. He had been the airship's commanding officer since January 3, 1933; he had served aboard since June 1932.

He was survived by his wife; he has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:


USS McCord (DD 534) was named for Frank; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

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William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Henry Cecil '10, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost when USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed into the sea off San Francisco on April 4, 1933.

Class of 1911

Frank is one of 15 members of the Class of 1911 on Virtual Memorial Hall.