Boone, Franklin O

Franklin Ogden Boone was born in 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. 
Sergeant Franklyn Ogden Boone was Killed In Action on September 15, 1942. His parents received word of Frank’s death about a month afterward, but did not announce it, hoping his brother, Paul who was also in the service, would not hear of Frank’s death until he came home. Paul did learn of Frank’s death and did not write to his parents, hoping they would not hear it. Paul, who was wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was evacuated to a hospital in San Francisco, 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 in 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