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Obituaries > WOOD, FRANK E.

Funeral arrangements for Cpl. Frank E. Wood, returned war veteran, have been set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Ogle & Little Home for Funerals. The body will arrive in Tipton at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Robert W. Morris, pastor of the West Street Christian Church, will be in charge of rites, with burial in the East Union Cemetery. The complete Marine Military Funeral will be observed. The body will lie in state at the Wood home in Goldsmith from the time of arrival until 11 a.m. Wednesday, when it will be taken to the funeral home.

Cpl. Wood, 19, son of Mrs. Bertha A. Wood of Goldsmith, served with the Marine Corps and was killed in action on Okinawa, June 19, 1945 after receiving gunshot wounds in the back during the last days of fighting on that island. He was participating in action on the southern tip of the island.

Cpl. Wood had been stationed on Guam before going to Okinawa and during the latter campaign, he had undergone treatment in the Mariana Islands hospital. He was a machine gun squad leader.

In the service more than two and one-half years, Cpl. Wood was born in 1925 in Tipton County, the son of Vilas, who died in 1944, and Bertha Wood. The family lived in Tipton for approximately 30 years before returning to their original home, Goldsmith.

Enlisting in the Marine Corps in Indianapolis in September, 1942, after attending Goldsmith High School, Cpl. Wood trained at bases in San Diego and Santa Ana, Calif. He came home on furlough in August, 1943, and went overseas within two or three months to Guam, from where he went to Okinawa. Cpl. Wood was buried on Okinawa in the cemetery of the Sixth Marine Division.

Surviving is the mother and the following brothers and sisters: Lewis of Jonesboro; Melvin and William, both of Goldsmith; Mrs. Robert Keeler, 925 North Independence Street; Seaborn, 204 Poplar Street; Paul, 706 Poplar Street; Vilas of Van Wert, Ohio; Mrs. Raymond Hayes of Indianapolis; Mrs. William Welder and Mrs. Wilbur Snow, both of Kokomo and Merrill at home.