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Harry George SMELTZER

Prescott National Col. Cemetery
Yavapai County,

b. March 23, 1923, Manor, Penn.
d. Sept. 20, 2014, Prescott, Ariz.
h/o Gertrude Mary (Hickey) Smeltzer
s/o Harry George & Madelyn Smeltzer

AMM2 US Navy - WW II - Purple Heart

Harry served in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Franklin (CV-13), nicknamed "Big Ben." It was one of the Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II. Commissioned in January 1944, she served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning four battle stars. She was badly damaged by a Japanese air attack in March 1945, with the loss of over 900 of her crew, becoming the most heavily damaged United States carrier to survive the war.

Harry served on the aircraft catapult crew. He was wounded during a kamikaze attack, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

'Thank you for your service.'

Section D /Row F /Site 384

Photo and some information from Lee Krsiean

Contributed on 10/26/14 by jlwight
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Submitted: 10/26/14 • Approved: 10/26/14 • Last Updated: 10/26/14 • R94174-G0

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