Jack G. Franklin
USS West Virginia
Jack G. Franklin, Boatswain's mate 1/c, born Jan. 31, 1924, Shawnee,
OK. He joined the USN from Houston, TX, on his 17th birthday and was in
the West Virginia Dec. 7, 1941, when she sank. Transferred aboard USS
Minneapolis and participated in battles of Midway and Coral Sea. He
helped commission the battleship Indiana, then sought more direct
action transferring to landing crafts at Guadalcanal to make landings
from Russel Island through the Philippines. Ending the war at Buckner
Bay ducking kamikazes off Okinawa.
Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing
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