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LTJG Frank Birgfeld

LTJG Frank Birgfeld

Birth
Death 2 May 1945 (aged 22)
Japan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 15, Site: 20
Memorial ID 49122766 · View Source
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Husband of Evelyn Lawrenson Birgfeld who resided in the District Of Columbia.

Frank served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade & Pilot of TBM-3 #69281, VT-34, U.S.S. Monterey (CVL-26), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.

Frank was "Killed In Action" when his TBM-3 crashed during operations to support ground forces on Okinawa during the war. The crash was more than likely due to enemy flak damage. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred on Japtan Island, then in the Schofield Mausoleum and later repatriated here on November 14, 1947.

Service # 306308

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Naval crew who perished on TBM-3 #69281:

Birgfeld, Frank ~ LTJG, Pilot, District Of Columbia
Taylor, Robert G ~ ARM3C, Michigan
Terry, William D ~ ARM3C, Wisconsin

One of the above ( Taylor & Terry ), served as a turret gunner and the other as the radioman/bombardier/ventral gunner.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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LTJG, US NAVY WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details NA United States Navy

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49122766
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG Frank Birgfeld (19 Nov 1922–2 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49122766, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .