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Lost to enemy action, 28 January 1942


USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 28 January 1942)- American Defense Service Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row -American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (24-KIA/WIA 28 January 1942)

Mine Planter:
  • Built in 1907-08 for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 20 October 1908
  • Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Royal Thaxter Frank, Civil War veteran and commandant of the Artillery School 18881898
  • Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Department, 3 June 1909, Commissioned USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank
  • In January 1919 USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank was assigned to the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service, North Atlantic Coast Artillery District and stationed at Boston, MA.
  • 9 November 1920 she was further assigned to the Coast Defenses of Boston
  • Though assigned to the Coast Defenses of Boston, USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank also serviced the Coast Defenses of Portsmouth and Narragansett Bay
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1922, and placed in reserve at the R. T. Greene Shipyard, Chelsea, MA.
  • Recommissioned, 22 April 1929, in the Harbor Boat Service, reconditioned at Brooklyn, N.Y., and ordered to report to the Quartermaster for the Hawaiian Department
  • USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank arrived at Honolulu, T.H., 7 June 1929 where she was used by the Hawaiian Department as an inter-island transport in the Hawaiian Islands
  • USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Final Disposition, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Maui 28 January 1942
  • USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 621 t. gross
    Length 165'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 17'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement
    Propulsion
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two shafts, 900shp

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    Gen Royal T. Frank 107k USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank under way, date and location unknown US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo
    Gen Royal T. Frank 159k USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank conducting mine planting operations near Fort Pickens, FL., date unknown US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo

    The history for USAMP Gen. Royal T. Frank is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01Maj. James H. Johnson, USA6 December 1919 - 26 February 1922
    02Capt. Joseph W. Barker, USA 26 February 1922 22 April 1922
    03Capt. Ernest C. Bomar, USA 22 April 1922 30 September 1922
    04Capt. Walter C. Wiechert, USA - 28 January 1942 KIA 28 January 1942
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Mystery of the sinking of the Royal T. Frank
    USAT Royal T. Frank Torpedoed in Hawaiian Waters
    United States Harbor Defenses - USCG Cable Ship Pequot - Sister Ships - Mills, Frank, Schofield, and Graham
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