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George Emerson Conklin

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George Emerson Conklin
Born(1921-01-03)January 3, 1921
Hamlin, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 5, 1942(1942-10-05) (aged 21)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942–1942
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Guadalcanal campaign
AwardsNavy 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.


USS 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.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Maurice Joseph Manuel, Stanley G. Benner, Edwin William Hurst, George Heyliger, Andrew Jackson Gandy, Charles E. Brannon, Max Silverstein

Other articles of the topic Biography : Kseniya Shoygu, Francis Xavier Ransdell, Massimiliano Caroletti, Andrew Jackson Sevier, Kristie Jane Pearson, Eminem, George Heyliger

Other articles of the topic World War II : Marion William Dufilho, Merrit Cecil Walton, Neldon Theo French, George Francis Grady, Paul Rogers (soldier), Milton F. Pavlic, Edwin William Hurst
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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