Photo: Last survivor gone

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

In this circa-1986 photo, World War II hero Frank A. Holmgren Sr., far left, looks at a model of the USS Juneau along with the other members of the crew who survived after the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. Holmgren was one of 10 seamen to survive out of 700. After an eight-day ordeal adrift at sea, the survivors were rescued. He and the remaining members of the crew came to Juneau for the dedication of the USS Juneau memorial. Holmgren, the last surviving crewman of the USS Juneau, died Monday at his home in Eatontown, N.J. His funeral is Friday at St. Dorothea's R.C. Church in Eatontown, with interment at Woodbine Cemetery. "I have known Mr. Holmgrem for 36 years, and he was one of the best persons I have ever had the pleasure to know," said Holmgren's friend Joe Centanni, who was a fellow Elks Lodge 2402 member in Eatontown with Mr. Holmgren. "And at the age of 49, he was one of the best third baseman you would find in the Volunteer Fire Department softball league."

Katie Ratcliffe / Juneau Empire File
Katie Ratcliffe / Juneau Empire File

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