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|188k||George Emerson Conklin was born to Reuben Emerson and Theresa (McLain) Conklin in Hamlin, Pa. on 03 January 1921, their only son. The family later moved to Hawley, Pa.
where George resided with his parents, older sister Clara, and younger sisters Dorothy, Mary, Ada, and Reno. He traveled to Philadelphia, Pa. and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on
13 February 1942.
Assigned to the Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, Conklin found himself on the Island of Guadalcanal after the landings of 07 August 1942. During a particularly violent encounter with Japanese forces on 05 October 1942, Pvt. Conklin, serving as a machine gunner, was wounded. Despite being mortally wounded, he remained at his gun until he could no longer man it, then disassembled it and scattered its parts so as to make it useless to the enemy before he died. He was buried in the First Marine Division Cemetery on Guadalcanal, but was later moved and reinterred at the Indian Orchard Cemetery in Indian Orchard, Pa. For his heroic devotion to duty, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
USS Conklin (DE 439) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Find A Grave Web Site)
|31k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|161k||undated wartime image|
Robert Louis McNamara
RM3 USS Conklin
|278k||14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of USS Conklin (DE 439) at Mare Island. To the right, The USS Plaice
(SS 390) and USS Queenfish (SS 393) have just arrived at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE 439 9460-45
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|227k||14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Conklin at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard 09 July to 27 September 1945.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE 439 4959-45) (Note the color and contrast difference in two prints of the same photo.)
|152k||14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Another aft plan view of Conklin at Mare Island.||Pieter Bakels|
|297k||16 September 1945: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Conklin leaving the pier at the Mare Island Navy Yard.||Ed Zajkowski|
|277k||16 September 1945: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Conklin off the Mare Island Navy Yard.||Eileen McNamara|
|View the USS Conklin (DE 439) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Conklin as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Conklin's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 21 Apr. 1944 - 15 Aug. 1944||Cmdr. Donald Cairns Brown, USNR (USNA '26) (Rockford, Iowa)|
|2.) 15 Aug. 1944 - 23 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Edmund Leavenworth McGibbon, USNR (Grand Rapids, Mich.)|
|3.) 23 Oct. 1945 - 01 Dec. 1945||Lt. V. J. Pra Sisto, USNR|
|4.) 01 Dec. 1945 - 17 Jan. 1946||Ens. R. G. Miller, USNR|
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