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Frank,
                taken 6/19/1930, aged 6 years, 5 months
Frank,
                circa 1980, aged 56
Frank,
                Easter 2011, aged 87
Name:
Francis James Shields Jr
Nickname/AKA:
Frank, FJS4
Born:
02/03/1924, Brooklyn NY
Died
02/15/2014, Malta NY
Spouse(s):
10/17/1953: Leona D. Martel, 06/26/1971: Anna T. Kleczek
Parents:
Francis James Shields Sr. ("Chief"), Genevieve Kirwan
Siblings:
Dorothy (Dot) Shields, Joseph E. Shields, Veronica (Ronnie) Shields, Genevieve (Vee)  Shields, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Shields
Children:
Joseph L. Shields, Francis John Shields, Leo Shields, Mary Shields, Dorothy Shields
Other Relatives:

Friends:
John Collon, Eugene Dembinski, Bob Roche, Joe Oussani, John Duffy, John Acer, Peggy Doyle, Fel Kazalski, Eileen Moran
Military History:
  • Joined ROTC while at CCNY
  • Joined Enlisted Reserve Corps on 10/02/1942
  • Called up on 03/09/1943.
  • Camp Upton, NY: 03/09/43 - 03/16/43, Pvt
  • Camp Croft, SC: 03/16/43 - 06/22/43, Pvt
  • NC State College, Raleigh, NC: 6/23/43 - 07/08/43, Pvt
  • Purdue University, IN: 07/09/43 - 03/26/44, Pfc
  • Camp Crowder, MO: 03/27/44 - 04/22/44, Pfc
  • Holabird Signal Depot, NJ: 04/23/44 - 05/04/1944, Pfc
  • Ft Monmouth, NJ: 5/4/1944 - 09/21/1944, Pfc
    • Co. H, 15th Signal Training Regement
    • Co. C, 3186th Signal Service Battalion
  • Eastern Theater of Operations: 9/21/1944 - September, 1945, T/5
  • Pacific Theater: September, 1945 - January, 1946, S/Sgt
  • Discharge Date: 01/27/1946

Enlistment Info

WWII Memorial

Army Separation Qualification Record

Education
  • Graduated from St Michael's High School January 1941.
  • Started attending CCNY in Fall, 1941; withdrew from CCNY Feb, 1943.
  • ASTP at Purdue University
  • CCNY 1946 - 1948
    • BSEE degree, Magna Cum Laude
Personal History:
During the war, Frank dated Peggy Doyle; they were unofficially engaged. However, sometime after the war's end, they broke up.

After graduation from CCNY in 1948, Frank joined General Electric in Lynn, MA.

While working in Lynn, he met Leona D. Martel in 1952. Leona and Frank married on 10/17/1953; their children are:
  • Joseph Leo Shields, born 08/27/1954
  • Francis John Shields, (aka "Jay") born 11/25/1955
  • Leo Francis Shields, born 04/22/1958
  • Mary Margaret Shields, born 07/14/1960
  • Dorothy Ann Shields, born 12/22/1961

In 1956, Leona and Frank moved to Schenectady NY (GE Headquarters); first living at a rental in Schenectady, then having a house built at 11 Bellaire Dr in Scotia.

Leona was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 1969, and died of the disease on 04/23/1969.

In 1971, Frank met Anna T. LeLievre (née Kleczek); they married on 06/26/1971. Anna's children from her first marriage are:

  • James LeLievre
  • Mary LeLievre
  • William LeLievre
  • Joseph LeLievre
  • Jean LeLievre
  • Anne LeLievre

Anna and Frank moved to 23 Ashley Drive in Clifton Park in 1971; their respective homes were too small to contain the entire family. 

Frank retired from GE in 1987, and devoted his time to working on a book as co-author with two other co-workers from GE. The book, Industrial Power Systems Grounding Design Handbook, was published in 2007.

In 2011, Frank was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died on February 15, 2014.

Notable Documents:
  • 1 - 3/9/1943 letter to Gen. Frank's first day in the Army. 
  • 655 - 4/10/44 letter to Dot. Starts off by talking about the fun he's having with weapons training, then goes on to discuss future training in radio and the importance of the Signal Corps. Then he talks about how he has asked Peg to wait for him until the war is over. Not engaged, exactly, but sort-of. 
  • 400 - 5/24/44 Letter to Dot. Majority of the letter is spent on family analysis: himself, Joe, Chief and Dot. 
  • 781 - 9/26/44 Letter to Gen. Frank's first letter (not V-mail) to Gen after arriving in Europe.
Address(s):
Birth: 205 Gelston Ave, Brooklyn NY

192? - 1933: 9612 3rd Ave
1930 Census: Family on lines 42-48, Frank on line 46.

1933-1949: 244 87th St.
1940 Census Page: Family on lines 62-70; Frank is on line 68, which was selected for additional info: see bottom of sheet.

1949? - 1953: 19 Clovelly St, Lynn MA

1953 - 1954: 72 Eastern Ave, Lynn MA

1954 - 1956: 13 Stocker Street, Saugus MA

1956 - 1957: 1158 Forest Rd, Schenectady, NY

1957 - 1971: 11 Bellaire Dr, Scotia NY

1971 - Death: 23 Ashley Drive, Ballston Lake NY 12019
Other Info:
Geneanet.org family tree

Frank's Obituary

findagrave.com link





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