Frank Francis Funk

Frank Funk was born 12 Apr 1916 in St. Louis MO.  He enlisted in 1938 in the Navy and served as a BM2c.  He died on 7 Dec 1941.  He served on the USS Arizona.  On 7-DEC 1941, Japanese carrier-based aircraft launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base and ships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the attack, the USS Arizona (BB-39) was struck by eight armor-piercing bombs. One penetrated the Arizona’s deck near its No. 2 turret, causing a large explosion that destroyed the forward half of the ship and started a fire that burned for two days. It is thought that most of the Arizona’s crew members died instantly during the explosion. More than 1,100 sailors and Marines were lost along with the ship.

Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Frank Francis Funk was aboard the Arizona on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack and was among the men lost with the ship. His remains were not recovered. Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Funk is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. and his body is unrecoverable.

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