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 Frank Crawford Hartranft

Frank Crawford Hartranft

Birth
Death 24 Apr 1945 (aged 18–19)
At Sea
Burial Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 111813554 · View Source
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USNR WORLD WAR II
Seaman 1st Class, Frank C. Hartranft MIA/KIA
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Service # 2516170
Awards: Purple Heart,
Captain: Lt J.R. Crosby, USNR

Ship: USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)
Mission: operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats
Loss Date: 24-Apr-1945
Fate: Sunk by U-546 (Paul Just)
Location: 43° 52'N, 40° 15'W - Grid BC 95 North Atlantic
Complement: 195 officers and men (113 dead and 82 survivors).

Notes on event
USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) was participating in the operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats in the Western Atlantic and was part of the 4th Escort Division, which screened the escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9) in the Southern Surface Barrier.

On 24 Apr, 1945, U-546 discovered USS Bogue about 570 miles east-southeast of Cape Race and tried to attack on periscope depth, but USS Frederick C. Davis discovered the U-boat and prepared herself for an attack. At this moment a Gnat struck forward on the port side. The ship broke in two and sank quickly with the bow and stern raising into the air. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up within three hours by the other escort destroyers of the Division, after they had sunk U-546.

Seaman Hartranft appears Tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial New York City, His memorial Union Cemetery Bellefonte Centre County Pennsylvania is a cenotaph, his body was never recovered

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: Yvonne Freed Dunn
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111813554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Crawford Hartranft (1926–24 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111813554, citing Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .