Frank Urban Black

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  • Name: Frank Urban Black
  • Location of Birth: Andover, South Dakota
  • Date of Birth: February 22, 1895
  • Date of Death: July 3, 1982 (87 years old)
  • Parents: David Black and Stella Lilly (Hollis) Black
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: December 15, 1917 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: May 8, 1919 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    Served in Europe during World War I.

    Information in the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name: Frank Urban Black
    Race: Caucasian (White)
    Marital Status: Single
    Birth Date: February 22, 1895
    Birth Place: Andover, South Dakota, USA
    Residence Date: 1917-1918
    Occupation: Laborer
    Employer: David Black
    Physical Build: Medium
    Height: Short
    Hair Color: Medium Brown
    Eye Color: Gray

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
    Name: Frank U. Black
    Gender: Male
    Registration Age: 47
    Birth Date: February 22, 1895
    Birth Place: Andover, South Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Saint Louis, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: About 1942
    Military Draft Date: 1942
    Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 150
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Gray
    Next of Kin: Evelyn Black
    Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: scar on shin bone

    Information in the United States, Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939:
    Name: Frank U. Black
    Departure Date: June 13, 1918
    Departure Place: Jersey City, New Jersey
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Father: David Black
    Ship: Giuseppi Verd
    Miliary Unit: QMC NA
    Rank: Private
    Notes: Quartermaster Detachment

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Frank came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1917. In 1923 he moved to Virginia, Minnesota and worked for Oliver Mining Company as an electrician. He was a member of IBEW #294 (retired) and the Grand Rapids VFW post and World War I Barracks, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1942, he transferred to Hibbing and was associated with the construction industry. He retired in Grand Rapids where he lived until 1980 when he moved to Watertown, Minnesota.

    He is survived by a son, Robert; a sister, Evelyn Bergin; a brother Elias; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-39-1-9)

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