George Emerson Conklin

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George Emerson Conklin
Born (1921-01-03)January 3, 1921
Hamlin, Pennsylvania Wayne County
Died October 5, 1942(1942-10-05) (aged 21)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1942–1942
Battles/wars World War II
*Guadalcanal campaign
Awards Navy Cross

George Emerson Conklin was born in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, 3 January 1921.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Conklin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 13 February 1942.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

Although mortally wounded in action on Guadalcanal 5 October 1942, Conklin remained at his gun until he could no longer man it, then disassembled it and scattered its parts so as to make it useless to the enemy before he died. For this heroic devotion to duty, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


Conklin (DE-439) was named in his honor. She was launched 13 February 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. Theresa Conklin; and commissioned 21 April 1944, Commander D. C. Brown, USNR, in command.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.