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MM1 Franklin Elmer Ales
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Birth: unknown
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1943

Son of Mrs. Matilda Ales.

Franklin served as a Machinist's Mate, First Class, U.S.S. Gwin (DD-433), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Buffalo, Erie County, New York prior to the war and enlisted in the Navy on August 27, 1940.

The Gwin, while supporting the soldier's landing on the north coast of Rendova Island, was hit by a shell from the shore batteries on Munda Island which exploded on her main deck aft killing three men and wounding seven.

Franklin was one of the three crewman that was "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

His remains were buried at sea.

Service # 2342679

Rendova Island is part of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

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The three crewman that lost their lives:

Ales, Franklin E MM1C, NY
Almond, Robert ~ SF3, MA
Irvin, John R ~ EM2C, AR

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The U.S.S. Gwin survived the above attack however she was sunk just 13 days later in the Battle of Kolombangara on July 13, 1943.

The Gwin received five battle stars for service in World War II

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing ~ Navy
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56750875
MM1 Franklin Elmer Ales
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