Erie County (PA) Genealogy
Military - Frank Drake
Contributed by Barbara Root Seyler
This article was submitted for a Memorial Day
2004 feature (which was never
published) by Barbara Root Seyler. It is being posted at this time.
The subject of the article was born in Corry, and was presumed dead after
being declared missing during WW II. Any comments or additional information
should be sent directly to
FRANK DRAKE GEIGER, JR.
Aviation Pilot First Class, World War II
Frank Drake Geiger,Jr. was born 8 November 1914 at Corry, Erie
County, PA. He was the son of Jeanne “Jane” May Cottrell
and Frank Drake Geiger, Sr.
He first enlisted in the U. S.
Navy as Apprentice Seaman at the Navy Recruiting Station, Buffalo,
NY, on 13 November 1934.
He was to serve for a period of four years. On 13
November 1938, he signed for an extended enlistment for a period of
two years and on 12 November 1940
was discharged from the U. S. Navy with an Honorable Discharge. During these years, he served on the U.S.S.
Henderson, U.S.S. Saratoga, U.S.N.T.S. at Norfolk,
VA and part of Patrol Squadrons 14 and 20.
Reenlisting on 13 November 1940, in the U. S. Navy
as Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class, while stationed at Pearl
Harbor, Territory of Hawaii,
to serve for a period of four years. He
was retained at Patrol Squadron Twenty-Four.
Frank transferred several times
during 1941, including Patrol Squadron Twenty-Five, Patrol Wing Two Flag Unit
and to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida.
On 22 May 1942, Frank’s rating was changed to Aviation
Pilot first class and he was transferred to the Naval Air Station, Seattle,
In June of that same year, he was on board the U.S.S. Vega, at Patrol
Squadron Forty-One (Patrol Wing 4).
Frank was reported missing in
action while on patrol duty on 28 June
1942. He was engaged in
active patrol over the Aleutian Islands when he failed
to return to his base. He was listed as presumed
dead by the Secretary of the Navy on 29
September 1943. Frank was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the American Defense and World War II
Victory Medals. His service and memory
are marked on a plaque at the Honolulu Memorial at the National
of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Frank married Marion Elizabeth (Lynn)
Steele. They had no children.
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