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World War II Honor Roll

Frank J. Boerckel

Private First Class, U.S. Army


145th Infantry Regiment, 
37th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Died: July 29, 1943
Buried at: Plot D Row 10 Grave 155
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

Private First Class Frank J. Boerckel
lived in this home at
Walnut Street, Camden NJ
with his sister
Miss Sophie Boerckel

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FRANK J. BOERCKEL was born in 1905 to George J. and Margaret C. Boerckel in Philadelphia PA. His father was a carpenter. He was the fourth child, coming after J. George, Sophia, and William H. Boerckel. When he was very young, the family lived at 5320 James Street, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia PA, they also loved at 5012 James Street prior to his birth, according to the 1890 Philadelphia Directory.  He later lived in Camden NJ with his sister, Miss Sophia Boerckel, at 317 Walnut Street. He worked at the Pennsylvania State Hospital at Byberry, in northeast Philadelphia.

Frank Boerckel was originally inducted into the Army in June of 1941. After 13 weeks training he was discharged due to his age, but was recalled after Pearl Harbor, leaving home in January of 1942. He joined the 37th Infantry Division at Campo Shelby MS. In February the division moved to Fort Indiantown Gap PA, where it remained until it was sent overseas by way of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation on May 26, 1942. 

The 37th Infantry Division arrived at Viti Levu in the Fiji Islands on June 11, 1942 with the mission of both fortifying the islands and conducting intensive training. On April 5, 1943 it moved to Guadalcanal where it continued training. The 14th Infantry was detached and landed on Banika Island in the Russell Islands Group June 7, 1943, and a battalion from it and the 145th Infantry were attached to the 1st Marine Raider Regiment for operations on New Georgia Island. The remainder of the 145th and 148th Infantry arrived at Rendova, New Georgia July 7, 1943 and engaged in heavy fighting for Munda Airfield under the 43rd Infantry Division. The 148th Infantry attacked Barley Ridge and then shifted its assault to Horseshoe Hill where it was surrounded from July 26 until August 1, 1943 until the Japanese evacuated their positions. The 145th Infantry finished clearing Bartley Ridge July 31, 1943.

Private First Class Frank Boerckel was killed in action in the fighting to around Bartley Ridge, on July 29, 1943 on the island group of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. He served with PFC Frank J. Petrarca, of Cleveland OH, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions there.

The death of Frank Boerckel was reported in the August 26, 1943 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. He was survived by his sister, Sophie Boerckel, of Camden NJ, and two brothers, J. George and Willam H. Boerckel, of Philadelphia PA.

37th Infantry Division