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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Upton

Birthplace: Loveland, CO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: CO
Middle Name: Monroe

Date of Birth: 29 April 1896

Date of Death: 25 June 1962

Rank or Rate: Ensign

Years Served:
Frank Monroe Upton

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Frank Monroe Upton

Ensign, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War I

Ensign Frank Monroe Upton (29 April 1896 - 25 June 1962) was a U.S. Navy officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during World War I.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy.

Citation: For extraordinary heroism following internal explosion of the Florence H, on 17 April 1918. The sea in the vicinity of wreckage was covered by a mass of boxes of smokeless powder, which were repeatedly exploding. Frank M. Upton, of the U.S.S. Stewart, plunged overboard to rescue a survivor who was surrounded by powder boxes and too exhausted to help himself. Fully realizing the danger from continual explosion of similar powder boxes in the vicinity, he risked his life to save the life of this man.

Death and Burial

Ensign Frank Monroe Upton died on 25 June 1962. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 8, Lot 55-A. His wife, Greta B. Upton, is buried with him.

Honoree ID: 1834   Created by: MHOH




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