Oakley Fern Franks

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  • Name: Oakley Fern Franks
  • Location of Birth: Wadena, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 11, 1896
  • Date of Death: August 21, 1947 (50 years old)
  • Parents: Ben L. Franks and Eldora (Zimmerman) Franks
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: September 19, 1918 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: December 9, 1918 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information from World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name: Oakley Furn Franks
    Birth Date: December 11, 1896
    Birth Place: Minnesota, USA
    Residence Date: 1917-1918
    Residence Place: Itasca County, Minnesota, USA
    Physical Build: Medium
    Height: Medium
    Hair Color: Light
    Eye Color: Gray
    Mother: Mrs. Dora Franks

    Information from World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
    Name: Oakley F. Franks
    Gender: Male
    Registration Age: 45
    Birth Date: December 11, 1896
    Birth Place: Compton, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: About 1941
    Military Draft Date: 1942
    Relationship to Draftee: Head
    Height: 5'8"
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Weight: 160
    Complexion: Ruddy

    Oakley served with the Minnesota Students Army Training Corps, Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Federal Service)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Oakley was a former resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He had been employed as steel bridgeman by the Great Northern Railroad in Duluth for the past 19 years.

    Oakley was married to Clara Marion Franks.

    He is survived by his widow, Clara; two daughters, Lois and Marian; two sons, Lyle and Archill; a brother, Early; and a sister, Mrs. John Anderson.

    He is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-19-0-3)

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