McGinty, Franklin Alexander, SoM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1943, SO-0000, USS Plymouth (PG-57)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
SO-Sonarman (1943-1964)

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Calhoun, GA
Last Address
USS Plymouth (PG-57)

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 1943
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
North Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
(ST) Fleet Sonar A School US Navy
  1942-1942, (ST) Fleet Sonar A School
  1942-1943, SO-0000, USS Plymouth (PG-57)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty/ West Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Colleges Attended 
University of Georgia
  1937-1941, University of Georgia
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Petty Officer McGinty was awarded the Navy Cross (posthumously) for actions on Aug 5, 1943.

 Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Franklin Alexander McGinty, Soundman Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the River Gunboat U.S.S. PLYMOUTH (PG-57), during and after the sinking of that vessel through enemy action near Cape Henry, along the United States' Atlantic coast, on 5 August 1943. When an enemy torpedo crashed into the Plymouth amidships, causing devastating fires and extensive damage, Soundman Third Class McGinty unhesitatingly risked his life in behalf of his endangered shipmates. In a courageous attempt to rescue a man known to be trapped in the ship's flaming armory, he entered the compartment and was himself trapped, thereby losing his life. The conduct of Soundman Third Class McGinty throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 324 (March 1944)
Born: November 22, 1911 at Atlanta, Georgia
Home Town: Calhoun, Georgia 
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