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Ales, Franklin Elmer

Rank and Name, Machinist’s Mate First Class Franklin Elmer Ales.

Unit/Placed in, USS Gwin (DD-433) Destroyer, United States Navy.


Franklin was born in, 1921 in Buffalo, New York.


Father, Alphons Ales.

Mother, Matilda Ales.


Franklin enlisted the service in New York on Aug. 27, 1940 with service number # 2342679.


Franklin was KIA when the USS Gwin sunk at the Battle of Kolombangara (part of the Solomons Islands), on July 13, 1943, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


Franklin is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/433.htm Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/


Buried on Sea
USS Gwin (DD-433) Destroyer
His rank Motor Machinist's First Class