LT Frank John Cochran

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LT Frank John Cochran

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 17 Nov 1943 At Sea
  • Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Plot Tablets of the missing
  • Memorial ID 38652334

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 18, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Husband of Caroline Lorraine Cochran who resided in New Haven, Connecticut.

Frank served as a Lieutenant, U.S.S. McKean (DD-90), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in New Haven County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The McKean, along with 185 Marines set to be disembarked on Bougainville Island, was attacked near Empress Augusta Bay by Japanese pilot SFPO Gintaro Kobayashi who was in a Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" torpedo plane.

One of Kobayashi's torpedo's struck the ship rupturing her fuel tanks which caused the McKean to burst into flames and quickly sink with a loss of 64 of her crew and 52 of her embarked Marine troops.

Frank was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-084873

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The McKean received four battle stars for World War II service & also received the Navy Unit Commendation award.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Inscription

LT, US NAVY WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 23 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38652334
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LT Frank John Cochran (unknown–17 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38652334, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .