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First Name: Frank

Last Name: Scott

Birthplace: Braddock, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Date of Birth: 02 December 1883

Date of Death: 28 September 1912

Rank: Corporal

Years Served:
Frank Scott


Frank Scott
Corporal, U.S. Army

Frank Scott was born on 2 December 1883 in Braddock, PA.

Scott enlisted in the U.S. Army's Field Artillery in 1908. After his discharge in 1911, he re-enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Signal Corps at the Army's College Park Flying Field in Maryland. Having a talent for mechanical things, he became the chief mechanic of one of the Wright Brothers Type-B biplanes that the Army had purchased.

On 28 September 1912, he was a passenger in one of the open biplanes when it crashed while coming in for a landing. Corporal Scott was killed instantly; the pilot died later at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.


In 1917, Scott Field, IL, (which later became Scott Air Force Base, IL) was named in his honor as being the first military enlisted person to lose his life in a military airplane crash.

Death and Burial

Corporal Frank Scott died on 28 September 1912 in College Park, MD. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 3054   Created by: MHOH




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