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|USNS Pvt. Frank J. Petrarca (T-AK-250)
Frank Joseph Petrarca (July 31, 1918 – July 31, 1943) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. Petrarca joined the Army from his birth city of Cleveland, Ohio, and by July 27, 1943 was serving as a private first class in the Medical Detachment of the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division. On that day, at Horseshoe Hill on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, he provided aid to three wounded soldiers despite intense enemy fire. Two days later, on July 29, he helped another wounded soldier who had been partially buried during a mortar barrage. On July 31, he again braved intense hostile fire to aid a wounded comrade, but was killed before he could reach the soldier. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor five months later, on December 23, 1943. Petrarca, killed on his 25th birthday, was buried at Calvary Cemetery in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
|88k||USNS Pvt. Frank J. Petrarca (T-AK-250) moored, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1961
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|94k||USNS Pvt. Frank J. Petrarca (T-AK-250) underway, date and location unknown.||Tommy Trampp|
|283k||Ex-USNS Pvt. Frank J. Petrarca (T-AK-250) in service as the Trident Seafoods Co. fish processing factory ship MV Arctic Enterprise moored at the Port of Tacoma, WA., circa 2012,||Photo by Kyle Stubbs|
|409k||Trident Seafoods Co. fish processing factory ship MV Arctic Enterprise moored with the freighter Bowfin, alongside on the Hylebos Waterway, Tacoma, WA., 26 June 2014. Photo courtesy Kyle Stubbs.||Robert Hurst|
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