Charles W. Frank – Class of 1943

Personal Data

  • Charles W. Frank, JR, CAPT USN (Ret)
  • Tulane Naval ROTC Class of 1943
  • BS Chemical Engineering
  • Commissioned 1943

Historical Events

  • WWII Southwest Pacific Theater

Assignments / Engagements

  • USS New Jersey, BB 62, DEVG (Deck or Engineering Volunteer General)
  • First engagement was Operation Flintlock in the Marshall Islands
  • Sent to take the Marianas Islands, 1st of 9 total career campaigns
  • Assigned to Admiral Halsey’s Staff as a Barge Officer
  • First junior officer to be given command of a division, and among the youngest group of Naval Reserve Officers to achieve the rank of Captain
  • Landed in Japan with the original occupational force assigned to hold the Japanese Islands
  • Spent three years Active Duty and twenty-six years in the Naval Reserve

Other Notable Content

  • Wrote five books
  • Test piloted a new small gunboat commissioned for Admiral Halsey
  • Married ten days before joining the crew of the USS New Jersey

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