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Frank's HS Graduating Class


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Location
People
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IMG-043-001

1941

Everyone below
This is Frank's graduating class from St. Michael's.

I searched for each of the following names in the "WW II Honor List" (NY servicemen killed or missing during WW II) at the website of the NYS Military Museum and Veteran's Research Center. The only one I found was for John Duffy.
2

IMG-043-002

1941
James Diamond

3

IMG-043-003

1941
William Eames
Bill is listed in Frank's address book.
4

IMG-043-004

1941
Charles Ellsworth

5

IMG-043-005

1941
Armand Starace
Armand is listed in Frank's address book; he joined the Army sometime in May, 1943.
According to this article, he became a lawyer and worked for Congressman John H. Ray.
6

IMG-043-006

1941
Charles Devoy
Charles is listed in Frank's address book.
7

IMG-043-007

1941
John Duffy
John was a close friend of Frank's: there are several letters from John to Frank such as #036. He's also mentioned in letters from several other writers.

John became a 2nd LT, but died in a plane crash in England on 05/05/1945 (non-combat death) after 31 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters in January of 1946. Presumably he was buried in England for a while, but then reburied back in the US in 1948. 
8

IMG-043-008

1941
Anthony Santella
Tony is listed in Frank's address book.
9

IMG-043-009

1941
Edmund Tahan
Edmund is listed in Frank's address book.
10

IMG-043-010

1941
Edward DeVerna

11

IMG-043-011

1941
John McCormack

12

IMG-043-012

1941
Roy Weigand

13

IMG-043-013

1941
John Burns
John is listed in Frank's address book. He was married on 06/22/1946.
14

IMG-043-014

1941
Aurelius Sclafani
A friend of Frank's ... he went by the nickname "Skip". See the Postcard he sent Frank in Jan '41 and the Christmas card he sent later that year.

Skip also attended pilot training along with John Duffy.
15

IMG-043-015

1941
Edward Brown

16

IMG-043-016

1941
James Delaney

17

IMG-043-017

1941
Thomas Dietrich

18

IMG-043-018

1941
Stanley Keyes

19

IMG-043-019

1941
William Flanigan
Bill is listed in Frank's address book. According to an article on 5/27/1947 in the Brooklyn Eagle, he spent 3 years in the Army and was studying to become a lawyer.
20

IMG-043-020

1941
John Collon
John and Frank were close friends; John wrote to Frank regularly throughout the war (See docs #115 or #412 as examples ... he has a very convoluted writing style), and even into the 1950's.  He won a scholarship to St. John's University; after graduation, I believe John was turned down by the Army for physical reasons. He later joined the State Dept.and was at one point vice-consul in Egypt.

John died on Dec. 5, 1986.
21

IMG-043-021

1941
Frank
According to the Brooklyn Eagle on 1/28/41, Frank received an award for highest scholastic average from St. Michael's.
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IMG-043-022

1941
Gerard Huber

23

IMG-043-023

1941
Frank Fraser

24

IMG-043-024

1941
Bruno Sponza

25

IMG-043-025

1941
Walter Johnsen

26

IMG-043-026

1941
William Hodge

27

IMG-043-027

1941
John Diggins

28

IMG-043-028

1941
Thomas Rahaim

29

IMG-043-029

1941
Timothy Sullivan

30

IMG-043-030

1941
Edward Hess

31

IMG-043-031

1941
Joseph Oussani
Joe seems to have been one of "the crowd" of friends that included Frank, Joe, the "3 sisters", etc. He wrote several times to Frank. One letter from Gen mentions that he was going into the Seminary (this in March '43).  But two other letters, one in late '44 and the other in mid '45, mentioned that he had died. Searches in the Brooklyn Eagle don't turn up any references to him, however.
32

IMG-043-032

1941
Eugene Dembinski
Gene was another of Frank's friends; they corresponded throughout the war. Gene joined the Army in either late '42 or early '43 and had basic training at Camp Davis, NC. Later (in '44) he was shipped to the Philippines.



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