SERGEANT FRANK J. GEORGE was born in 1917 to Paul and Josephine M. George. His father had come to America in 1910, and worked as a butcher for the Campbell Soup Company. Frank George was the second of three sons, coming between William and Nicholas, there was also a sister, Josephine. He attended the Broadway Elementary School, and Burrough Junior High School in Camden. The family lived at 619 South 3rd Street when the 1920 Census was enumerated. By 1924 the family owned a home at 548 Pine Street in Camden NJ. After leaving school, Frank George took a job at the RCA-Victor plant in Camden. He was inducted into the Army in May of 1942. After he had completed training he had received a brief furlough, and had married Miss Mary Resicci of Camden NJ in August of 1942 before going overseas.
Sergeant Frank George served overseas as a member of the 53rd Quartermaster Truck Battalion while serving in Italy, after seeing duty in Tunisia and Sicily.
In preparation for the
July 1943 invasion of Sicily, the amphibious 2-½-ton truck, known as
the DUKW, became available. General Dwight D. Eisenhower considered it,
not the Higgins boat, one of the most valuable pieces of equipment
produced by the United States during the war. He created an amphibious
truck battalion out of forces already in North Africa. On May 28, 1943,
the 53rd Quartermaster Truck Battalion was constituted in the US Army.
It was activated on June 22, 1943 in French Morocco, North Africa, and
served in the Tunisia Campaign with personnel and equipment from the
previously organized 2637th Quartermaster Truck Battalion (Provisional).
It had four lettered companies, A through D.
During the rehearsal for the landing for Anzio, 40 DUKWs were lost at sea near Naples. On January 22, 1944, the 53rd Battalion participated in the first assault wave on Anzio. Despite heavy and continuous shelling and strafing, the battalion established a record in the amount of tonnage unloaded. With between 450 and 490 DUKWs, the 53rd Battalion brought the cargo from the Liberty ships, anchored off shore, over the beach. The 540th Engineers, under the command of COL George W. Marvin, assumed control over the operation of the port and beaches.
Sergeant Frank George died on February 12, 1944 while serving with the 53rd Quartermaster Truck Battalion in Italy. His death was reported in the February 29, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post, which stated that he was killed while attached to an engineer unit. This report taken in context with the fact that he was not awarded the Purple Heart would seem to indicate that he was killed in an accident.
Frank George was survived by his parents, by his wife Mary George, of the Pine Street address, his brother Nicholas, then at Camp Cooke CA, and his brother William and sister Josephine, at home. Nicholas George joined the Camden Fire Department in 1951, and served for several years at the Fire department's training center.
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