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S1 Earl James Martin

S1 Earl James Martin

New York, USA
Death 19 Mar 1945
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56124404 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Martin who resided in Buffalo, New York.

Earl served as a Seaman, First Class, U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

The Franklin, which had maneuvered to within 50 miles (80 km) of the Japanese mainland, was hit by two semi-armor-piercing bombs from a single Japanese aircraft. One bomb struck the flight deck centerline, penetrating to the hangar deck, effecting destruction and igniting fires. The second bomb hit aft, tearing through two decks and igniting more fires.

The Franklin lost 807 crewmen.

Earl was "Killed In Action" during this attack..

He was awarded a Purple Heart and was buried at sea.

Service # 6087035

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The Franklin survived the attack and the war and received four battle stars for her World War II service.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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