Tharin, Frank, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
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Primary Unit
1942-1945, 7302, VMF-211
Service Years
1934 - 1970

Lieutenant General

 
 

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Mar 21, 1990
 
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World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946
about Frank C Tharin
Name: Frank C Tharin
Residence State: District of Columbia

Report Date: 23 Dec 1941
Latest Report Date: 16 Oct 1945

Grade: Captain or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Asst. director of nurses or Chief dietitian or Chief physical therapy aide
Grade Notes: Captain or Lieutenant
Service Branch: Marine
Arm or Service: United States Marine Corps
Arm or Service Code: United States Marine Corps
Area Served: Pacific Theatre_Guam: Wake Island
Detaining Country: Japan
Camp: Shanghai War Prisoners Camp - Kiawgwan Shanghai 31-121
STATUS: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
   
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Published: April 6, 1990

LEAD: Frank Tharin, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general who as a pilot was a hero of the battle of Wake Island in 1941, died on March 21 in San Rafael, where he had been hospitalized for eight months. He was 79 years old and lived in Laguna Beach.

Frank Tharin, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general who as a pilot was a hero of the battle of Wake Island in 1941, died on March 21 in San Rafael, where he had been hospitalized for eight months. He was 79 years old and lived in Laguna Beach.

In the 17-day fight for Wake Island that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Tharin won the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals and a Purple Heart for helping to sink a Japanese cruiser and downing Japanese fighters.

Wake Island fell to the Japanese on Dec. 23, 1941 and Lieutenant Tharin was captured and held prisoner in Hokkaido, Japan, until the war ended.

He later served as commanding general of the Eastern and Western region Marine Corps air bases, and of all three active-duty Marine aircraft wings, in Iwakuni, Japan; Cherry Point, N.C., and El Toro, Calif. He retired in 1970.
   
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 Unit Assignments
MARDET (Afloat)MARDET American Legation, Peking, ChinaVMF-211
  1935-1936, 2501, MARDET USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1937-1938, 2501, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1940-1941, 7302, VMF-211
  1942-1945, 7302, VMF-211
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Wake Island
  1941-1945 World War II
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United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy2
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