GM3c Francis Lawrence Klopp

Unknown Sailor

GM3c Francis Lawrence Klopp

Francis Lawrence Klopp was born Dec. 3, 1914 to Theresa Houk Klopp, a homemaker, and John Klopp, a railroad section boss.

Francis, one of 10 children, grew up in Tiffin, a town of about 15,000 in northern Ohio.

He enlisted in the Navy on June 21, 1938, and was a gunner’s mate and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: The News-Messenger of Fremont, Ohio; the Journal Herald of Dayton, Ohio; Census; Navy muster roll; grave markers; Defense Department. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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