Franklin, Theodore Douglas, HA2c

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Last Rank
Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
HA-0000-Hospital Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Apprentice
Primary Unit
1941-1942, HA-0000, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1941 - 1942
Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Jose, CA
Last Address
713 Pershing St
San Jose, CA

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1942
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

From November 15, 1941 until December 23, 1941, S1c Franklin was attached to the Marine Corps' 1st Defense Batallion at NAS Wake Island. After that island was taken into Japanese control, The following men were sent to Japan from Wake Island. The first transfer was on the Nitta Maru, departing Wake Island 12 January 1942 and arriving Yokahama about 20 January 1942. After their departure from Yokohama, the Japanese took five men topside, and to "honor their bravery," tortured and beheaded the men. The bodies were mutilated with bayonets then tossed overboard. Three men were from Patrol Wing 2 (Theodore Douglas Franklin, Seamen 2/C, USN; John W Lambert, Seamen 2/C, USN; Roy H Gonzales, Seamen 2/C USN) and two men were from VMF-211 (Earl R. Hannum, Master Technical Sergeant, USMC; Vincent W. Bailey, Technical Sergeant, USMC). They were listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 3762818

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Seaman Second Class
Division: Prisoner of War (Japan)
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Citation: Seaman Second Class Theodore D. Franklin (NSN: 3762818), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Wake Island on 23 December 1941, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

The information contained in this profile was supplied by GySgt David R Marcussen at the Marine Corps Together We Served web site and from various internet sources.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
NAS San DiegoUS NavyCOMPATWING 2 (CPW-2)1st Defense Battalion
Prisoner of War
  1941-1941, HA-0000, NAS San Diego
  1941-1941, HA-0000, USS Curtiss (AV-4)
  1941-1941, HA-0000, COMPATWING 2 (CPW-2)
  1941-1941, HA-0000, 1st Defense Battalion
  1941-1942, HA-0000, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Wake Island
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 11, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Jan 18, 2019, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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