Army Memorabilia

Huntington, Frank R.

Rank: Private
Military Branch: Battery E, 150th Field Artillery, 42nd Division
Origin: Indiana
Date of Death: April, 1957
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis
Featured: No

Frank Roth Huntington was born October 6, 1894. At the time of his draft registration for WW1, he lived in Shelbyville, Indiana, and in Acton, Indiana when he registered for WW2. His wife, Nanette outlived him by a lot. She died at age 91. Frank apparently lived in Indiana most of his life. His place of burial is presumed to be Crown Hill in Indianapolis. Huntington was wounded June 6, 1918 when his 155 mm field piece blew up wounding him and killing 2 other gun crew members.

Pvt. Huntington's group includes his officially engraved American Emblem Co. Purple Heart edge numbered 55171, plus 4 pictures and 5 original contemporary newspaper clippings about Huntington. Also included is the original Western Union telegram dated November 15, 1918 saying he was wounded on August 29, 1918, plus an original letter written by Huntington. The newspaper articles show that Huntington was in Base Hospital 32 in Lilly. He returned to the US and was laid up stateside to repair his broken arn. He and two other Battery E boys were firing a 155 mm gun when it exploded due to over-heating. The two others, Paul Gross and Bernard Hurst, also from Shelyville were killed in the explosion.

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