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  • ID: ind04201
  • Name: Francis Arthur FONDA
  • Given Name: Francis Arthur
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 FEB 1915 in New York
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  • Death: 14 NOV 1943
  • Age: 28y 8m 19d in At sea off Savo Island on U.S.S. Barton
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  • Burial: Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines
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    b. NY; 1920 & 1930 US Federal Census, Glen, Montgomery Co., NY; 1925 New York State Census, Glen, A.D.01, E.D.04, Montgomery Co., NY; 1940 US Federal Census, Fultonville, Montgomery Co., NY (Francis Fonda, b. 1918, NY, Son, Winfield, Violet); Seaman Second Class, US Navy Reserve, Nov 14 1943, Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines, KIA, Purple Heart Medal; bur. Manila American (ABMC) Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, PHL (Plot: No Known Grave; name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing); o. WWII US Navy; [National World War II Memorial - Francis Arthur Fonda Fultonville, NY U.S. Navy National Archives]; [National World War II Memorial - Francis A. Fonda NY U.S. Navy ABMC Tablets of the Missing]; [U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949: Francis Arthur Fonda - Ship, Station or Activity: Barton; Ship Number or Designation: DD-599; Muster Date: 31 May 1942] >> <<

    [Winfield Fonda Given Citation For Dead Son - Fultonville, July 5 - The Purple Heart and certificate awarded to his late son, Seaman 2/C Francis Arthur Fonda, U. S. Navy, has been received by his father, Winfield S. Fonda, South Main Street. The certificate reads, "In grateful memory of Francis Arthur Fonda who died in the service of his country at sea off Savo Island, U. S. S. Barton. 14 November, 1943 (presumed). He stands In an unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives in a way that humbles the understanding of most men. Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America." Amsterdam NY Daily Democrat and Recorder, Wednesday, July 5, 1944.]; [Memorial Rites Will Be Held At Fultonville - Fultonville, Jan. 20 - A memorial service, sponsored by the Fultonville Community Club, for Francis Arthur Fonda, seaman second class, United States Navy, and first casualty of the war from Fultonville or the Town of Glen, will be held at the Fultonville Pilgrim Holiness Church, Thursday evening, January 27, at 7:30 o'clock. (..) Francis Arthur Fonda was born in Fultonville, February 26, 1915, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield S. Fonda, South Main Street. He attended Fultonvllle School. Seaman Fonda enlisted ln the United States Navy April 13, 1942, and was later assigned to the U. S. S. Barton, which participated in the third battle of Savo Island in the Pacific area, after which battle he was reported missing by the Navy Department November 13, 1942. A year later, November 13, 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Fonda received a letter from Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, saying that inasmuch as a year had elapsed since their son had been reported missing following the participation of his ship in the third battle of Savo Island, and despite the subsequent searches made for the personnel after that battle and due to the length of time that had elapsed without any indication of his survival he was reluctantly forced to the conclusion that their son was deceased, and his death was presumed to have occurred on November 14, 1943, pursuant to Section 5 of Public Law 490. Beside his parents Seaman Fonda is survived by one brother Richard Fonda, Fultonville; four sisters, Mrs. Frederick Engle, Fonda; Mrs. William Cromer, Johnstown; Mrs. William Poultney, Tribes Hill-Johnstown Road, and Mrs. Frank Paine, Fultonville. At the time of his induction into service he was employed at the White Mop Wringer Company, Fultonville. Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, Thursday, January 20, 1944.]

    Father: Winfield Scott FONDA Jr b: 26 MAY 1885 in Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    Mother: Viola W. DORENBERG b: 02 JUL 1887 in Argusville, NY
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