Bruce, Frank M., LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Boatswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Last Duty Station
1918-1919, BM-0107, COMUSFLTFORCCOM Commander US Fleet Forces Command/Commander, Mine Sweeping Detachment, US Atlantic Fleet (WWI)
Service Years
1898 - 1919
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Boatswain
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1879
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Grand Island, NE
Last Address
Mine clearing in North Sea 1919, Commanding USS Bobolink, Mine became entangled, Lt Bruce ordered crew to far side of ship and was attempting to clear the German mine when it exploded, killing him.

He is buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery

Casualty Date
May 14, 1919
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War I*
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
US NavyCOMUSFLTFORCCOM Commander US Fleet Forces Command
  1896-1896, Shore Units/Recruit Training Center (RTC)
  1898-1918, BM-0000, Surface Vessels
  1918-1919, BM-0107, USS Bobolink (AM-20)
  1918-1919, BM-0107, COMUSFLTFORCCOM Commander US Fleet Forces Command/Commander, Mine Sweeping Detachment, US Atlantic Fleet (WWI)
 Combat and Operations History
  1918-1918 World War I*/Mining Operations, North Atlantic
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Last Known Activity
LT FRANK M. BRUCE, USN (WWI)
Commander, 2nd Division - Overseas Minesweepers

Commanding Officer:  USS Bobolink (AM 20), Orkney Islands, North Atlantic.  

Bruce entered the Navy as a Boatswain 6 February 1898 and was commissioned a Lieutenant (temporary) 1 July 1918. He commanded Bobolink (AM-20) during the North Sea Mine Barrage Sweep and was killed when a mine exploded 14 May 1919.

Awards:  Bruce was originally recommended for the Medal Of Honor, however, Congress failed to act due to a mix up in paperwork with the Secretary of the Navy. Eventually he was recommended for the Navy Cross, which was elevated to the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the highest U.S. Navy award as of 1919. 

   
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NAMESAKE:  USS Bruce (DD-329)  

The USS Bruce (DD-329) served for a decade in the early 20th century. She was named for Lieutenant Frank Bruce who served during World War I and commanded USS Bobolink. Bruce was built as a Clemson-class destroyer.
   
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