RESIDENCE (DURING WWII):
✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944)
🎖Bronze Star Medal, 🎖Purple Heart, 🎖European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 🎖Combat Infantry Badge
Franklin Cornwell was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of American and active in ROTC before graduating Hight School. He initially enlisted in the Ohio National Guard that started his Military Service.
He was KIA in a German bombing of his unit while moving forward with orders to advance toward Hill 192 an important objective to enable Allied Forces to advance toward St. Lo. Captain Cornwell was the Operations Officer for the Battalion and the Commanding Officer of Company A in the 1st Battalion commanded by Major Henry G. Spencer. The Division and the Battalion received orders to participate in an offensive to secure Hill 192. The plan that was laid out was to have the Artillery Units of three Divisions totaling 20 Battalions of Artillery lay down a rolling barrage of shelling just ahead of the troops who would advance into the enemy controlled area to secure Hill 192. Early in the morning of June 19th, 1944, Capt. Cornwell and others were killed by artillery bombing as they lead the advance of their troops forward toward the enemy in the Hedgerows below Hill 192, which was about 500 yards away. My grandfather was known as Frank by many in his unit. In addition much of what I know about his time in the 2nd Infantry Division was learned by reading the book "Nineteen Days in June 1944" by Henry G. Spencer. Henry G. Spencer was my grandfather's Commanding Officer as Major over the 1st Battalion.
Clayton Lee Cornwell (Grandson of Capt. Cornwell)
File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)
Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.Source: aad.archives.gov/aad/