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Nederland, TX 77627 
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Database Number   145
Name   Franke, Henry A.
Birth Date   5 August 1921
Birth Place   Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas
Death Date   20 December 1983
Death Place   Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas
Place of Burial   Memory Gardens, Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas
Service Branch   Army Air Force


  331st Army Air Force Base Unit
Rank/Grade   Staff Sergeant
Date of Enlistment   29 November 1939
Date of Discharge   31 August 1945
Service Occupation   Instructor for engineers on B26 Med Bombers ; Airplane Mech Gunner
Decorations   Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68 ; American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star ; APTO Medal
Locations of Military Service   Aleutian Islands ; Anchorage, Alaska ; San Antonio, Texas ; Barksdale Field, Louisiana
War, Operation or Conflict   World War II -- Aleutian Islands WDGO 33 45
Father   Oscar W. Franke
Mother   Fay Dorothy Spurlock
Additional Biographical Information   Per Spouse: Henry was born in Nederland, Texas on August 5, 1921. He graduated from Nederland High School in 1939. On December 7, 1941, Mr. Franke was stationed at Elmendorf Field at Anchorage, Alaska with the 73rd Bob Squadron. He flew patrols along the coast, and bombing raids over the Aleutians. He survived a plane crash and recovery. In May 1943, he was sent to Barksdale Field near Shreveport. In Louisiana, he was an instructor for engineers on B-26 medium bombers. He was honorably discharged on September 14, 1945. After the war he returned to Nederland where he was active in the Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge. He retired after 35 years with Neches Butane Products. He passed away December 20, 1983. He was survived by his wife, Julia, his son, Henry A. Franke, Jr.; and two daughters, Susan Cooper, and Carol Wilkerson, and four granddaughters. His family remembers him as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Date Added to Database   27 June 2016
Source of Service Information   Veteran' Spouse and Discharge document
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