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 Frank Mason Robinson

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Frank Mason Robinson

  • Birth 8 Sep 1914 Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 17 Mar 1941 Hawaii, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Sec: 2, Site: 4845
  • Memorial ID 49303477

Frank Mason Robinson, eldest child of Cmdr. Hugh Burton Robinson (USN Ret.) and Marion Willett Mason, b. of record Sept. 8, 1914 at Springfield, Mass. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Frank B. Mason.

Like his two-year younger brother Hugh Marston Robinson, Frank graduated from the Severn School, class of 1932, a Naval Academy preparatory school in Severna Park, Maryland. Frank was subsequently a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1936, with the rank of Ensign. In 1940 he was designated Naval Aviator #6463 and rank of Lieut. J.G. stationed at a Naval Air facility near Warrington, Florida.

By April 1940 at age 25, Frank had married an unidentified 22 year old Eleanor from Berkeley, CA. Unfortunately, on Mar. 17, 1941 during a flight near the Hawaiian Islands, he as the pilot of one aircraft was killed in a mid-air collision with another aircraft. From military researcher Mike Weeks:

• On 17 March 1941, two TBD-1's (carrier-based torpedo planes) operating from the aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN (CV-5) collided near Hawaii. Six servicemen perished, with only two bodies being recovered, that of the pilots, LTJG F. M. Robinson, USN, and ENS K. L. Berry, USNR.

Frank Mason Robinson was an 11th generation descendant of Rev. John Robinson (1576-1625) and Bridget White, the former the pastor at Leiden, Holland of the core 1620 Mayflower pilgrims who founded the Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts. Frank was also a 12th generation descendant of 1620 Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller. Whether at his death Frank left children is presently unknown.


Family Members


Lieutenant (J.G.) U.S. NAVY
Sept. 8, 1914 - Mar. 17, 1941

Gravesite Details Frank is interred two spaces from the monument for his parents also interred at Arlington National.





  • Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49303477
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Mason Robinson (8 Sep 1914–17 Mar 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49303477, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) .