Albert A. Francovich

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Albert Anthony Francovich
Born (1920-01-23)January 23, 1920
Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Died September 6, 1942(1942-09-06) (aged 22)
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
Awards Navy Cross

Albert A. Francovich (1920–1942) was a United States Navy sailor who received the Navy Cross for his actions during World War II.

Naval career[edit]

Albert Anthony Francovich was born on January 23, 1920 at Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 8, 1939.

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).