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|10k||Neldon Theo French, born 25 July 1918 in Benton County, Tenn., enlisted in the Marine Corps 9 September 1940, and was killed in action 9 October 1942 on Guadalcanal. Corporal French was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in fighting to his death in a defensive post on the Matanikau River, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his division for its superlative performance in the initial landings on Guadalcanal. Cpl. Neldon T. French awards included the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
USS French (DE 367) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
Photo Courtesy of Benton County, Tennessee
|295k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Guests view the christening and launching of USS French at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding. Standing at center is Mr. C.H. French, father of Corporal French.||Neldon French|
|262k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Alma French, mother of Corporal French.|
|238k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French prepares to christen the ship.|
|270k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French breaks the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship's bow.|
|283k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - USS French being launched at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding.|
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|56k||1972: Photo of mothballed ships moored together in the muddy waters of the Napa River at Mare Island. From left are Sedgwick County (LST-1123), an unidentified LST, Owen (DD 536), French, an unidentified destroyer, Howard F. Clark (DE 533), and another unidentified destroyer. (Photo courtesy of L. Cote, from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)||Robert Hurst|
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