Boone, Franklin O

Franklin Ogden Boone was born July 16, 1921 to Paul and  Sue Ogden Boone who lived in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Frank was one of three children. His father was a veteran of World War I.

Frank graduated from Gordon Junior High School after which the  family moved to Bloomsburg, PA.

Frank enlisted in the Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He landed on Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division and served with the First Marine Raider Battalion.

Frank's brother, Paul was also serving in the war, stationed at Pearl Harbor.
Sergeant Franklin Ogden Boone was killed in action on September 15, 1942. His parents were notified a month after Frank's passing, but decided not to share the news because they did not want Frank's brother, Paul to hear of it while he was also serving and in danger. But as it goes, Paul did know about Frank's death, and in an effort to spare his parents pain, he did not write home and to tell them.  

Paul was wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was evacuated to a hospital in San Francisco. He recovered and return to duty, eventually rising to the rank of Captain.

Frank was buried in the Solomon Islands, and at the request of the family was returned for burial to his home country after the war. 
Services were held on March 3, 1948 in Bloomsburg, followed by interment at a local cemetery. His uncle, Marine Master Sergeant John Ogden and brother Paul, Jr. stood as military guard of honor at the service.


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC