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F1 Frank Wister Rankin

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F1 Frank Wister Rankin Veteran

Birth
Death
14 Oct 1944 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia Add to Map
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Tablets of the Missing
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USNR WORLD WAR II
Fireman 1st Class, Frank W. Rankin MIA/KIA Official Date of Death: 14-Oct-44
Hometown: New York
Mother, Mrs. Evelyn W. Rankin Miami Beach,
Service # 6461893
Awards: Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain: Cdr John A. Glick

Ship: USS Bristol (DD 453) Lost 13-Oct-43
Mission: convoy escort
Mission Date: 13-Oct-43
Location: 37° 19'N, 6° 19'E - Grid CH 9631 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria
Cause: Sunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Complement: 293 officers and men (52 dead and 241 survivors)

Completed in October 1941. USS Bristol (DD 453) participated in the following landings: North Africa, Sicily and Salerno. On 11 Sep, 1943, the destroyer rescued 70 survivors from USS Rowan (DD 405), which had been sunk by German torpedo boats off Salerno. USS Bristol (DD 453) received three battle stars for her World War 2 service.

Notes on event
At 04.17 hours on 13 Oct, 1943, USS Bristol (DD 453) was struck by a Gnat from U-371 on the port side at the forward engine room, while escorting a small convoy to Oran, Algeria. The ship broke in two and had to be abandoned, while the stern sank after eight and the bow after twelve minutes 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria. Five officers and 47 ratings were lost. The commander, 15 officers and 218 ratings were rescued by USS Trippe (DD 403) and one officer and six ratings by USS Wainwright (DD 419).

Visit the virtual cemetery of USS Bristol (DD 453)
USS Bristol (DD 453)"
USNR WORLD WAR II
Fireman 1st Class, Frank W. Rankin MIA/KIA Official Date of Death: 14-Oct-44
Hometown: New York
Mother, Mrs. Evelyn W. Rankin Miami Beach,
Service # 6461893
Awards: Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain: Cdr John A. Glick

Ship: USS Bristol (DD 453) Lost 13-Oct-43
Mission: convoy escort
Mission Date: 13-Oct-43
Location: 37° 19'N, 6° 19'E - Grid CH 9631 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria
Cause: Sunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Complement: 293 officers and men (52 dead and 241 survivors)

Completed in October 1941. USS Bristol (DD 453) participated in the following landings: North Africa, Sicily and Salerno. On 11 Sep, 1943, the destroyer rescued 70 survivors from USS Rowan (DD 405), which had been sunk by German torpedo boats off Salerno. USS Bristol (DD 453) received three battle stars for her World War 2 service.

Notes on event
At 04.17 hours on 13 Oct, 1943, USS Bristol (DD 453) was struck by a Gnat from U-371 on the port side at the forward engine room, while escorting a small convoy to Oran, Algeria. The ship broke in two and had to be abandoned, while the stern sank after eight and the bow after twelve minutes 70 miles west-northwest of Bone, Algeria. Five officers and 47 ratings were lost. The commander, 15 officers and 218 ratings were rescued by USS Trippe (DD 403) and one officer and six ratings by USS Wainwright (DD 419).

Visit the virtual cemetery of USS Bristol (DD 453)
USS Bristol (DD 453)"

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from New York.


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