Albert A. Francovich
|Albert Anthony Francovich|
January 23, 1920|
|Died||September 6, 1942
The Solomon Islands
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1939–1942|
|Rank||Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class|
|Battles/wars||Solomon Islands campaign, World War II|
As an aviation machinist's mate first class with a patrol squadron during the Solomon Islands campaign, Francovich was killed in action in an engagement with a Japanese four-engined flying boat on September 6, 1942.
Francovich posthumously was awarded the Navy Cross for his great heroism in standing to his gun although mortally wounded.
The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Francovich (DE-379) was named for Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Francovich during World War II. When the destroyer escort's construction was cancelled in 1944 prior to completion, the name was transferred to the destroyer escort USS Francovich (DE-606), which was then redesignated and constructed as a fast transport, serving in the Navy as such from 1945 to 1946 as USS Francovich (APD-116).
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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