Bellows, Franklin Barney, 2LT

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Second Lieutenant
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1918-1918, American Expeditionary Force
Service Years
1917 - 1918


Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmette, Illinois
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1918
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I/World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Coastal Artillery CorpsHQ, US Army Cadet CommandFirst Army (1st Army)U.S. Army
  1917-1917, Coastal Artillery Corps
  1917-1918, ROTC University of Texas, Austin (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1918-1918, First Army (1st Army)
  1918-1918, American Expeditionary Force
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Northwestern University
  1913-1917, Northwestern University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Created in 1917 as the Waimanalo Military Reservation, the base was renamed Bellows Field in 1933 after Lt. Franklin Barney Bellows, a World War I war hero. Bellows Field was made a permanent military post in July 1941, and it was one of the airfields attacked during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Air Service) Franklin B. Bellows, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 50th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near St. Mihiel, France, 13 September 1918. Second Lieutenant Bellows, with Second Lieutenant David C. Beebe, pilot, executed a reconnaissance mission early in the morning of the second day of the St. Mihiel offensive in spite of low clouds, high winds, and mist, flying at an altitude of only 300 meters, and without protection of accompanying battle planes. Although subjected to severe fire from ground batteries, they penetrated 8 kilometers beyond the German lines. Lieutenant Beebe's motor was badly damaged, and Lieutenant Bellows was mortally wounded and died just after the disabled machine landed safely in friendly territory.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 124 (1918)

Action Date: 13-Sep-18

Service: Army Air Service

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 50th Aero Squadron

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

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