Bodkin, Frank Anderson, MM2c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS Helena (CL-50)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
MM-Machinists Mate

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston, IN
Last Address
Route 1
Charleston, IN
(mother - Mary Tucker)

Casualty Date
Jul 05, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page


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 Duty Stations
USS Helena (CL-50)
  1943-1943, USS Helena (CL-50)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 30, 1940, Enter Service from Louisville, KY
  Jul 30, 1940, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Oct 12, 1940, Received on the USS Helena
  Nov 30, 1940, Promoted to from AS to S2c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to from F3c to F2c
  Jul 01, 1941, Went From S2c rtp F3c
  Oct 01, 1941, Promoted to from F2c to F1c
  Aug 10, 1942, AOL 2 Hours Missing Ship Movement
  Dec 15, 1942, AOL 3 Hours
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to from F1c to MM2c
  Jul 06, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Battle of Kula Gulf and the Sinking of the USS Helena. 


The Helena opened fire to port at 0157 hours. About seven minutes after she opened fire at about 0203 hours, the Helena was hit by a torpedo. The first Japanese Type 93 torpedo impacted the Helena on the port side just below number one turret (near frame 32), tearing off the bow of the ship. The following explosions by two more torpedoes that hit under the second stack, port side, (near frame 82 and about frame 85) less than two minutes later at about 0205, caused catastrophic and terminal damage. The forward movement of the ship along with the massive structural frame damage caused the ship to twist and jackknife around the damaged area. The ship, still under momentum, went past the bow of the Helena and began to flood. The center part twisted to 45 degrees port sinking first. It dragged the rear of the ship down until the stern was vertical. About 22 minutes after the ship was first hit the ship sank at about 0225. In the mean time, the crew abandoned ship by going over the side after cutting free all the surviving life rafts into the ocean. Between the forward momentum of the ship the survivors were scattered over several hundred yards, at night, amidst a raging naval battle. Later currents would separate them even more.The bow would finally sink later the next day.
   
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