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USS Francovich (APD-116)

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USS Francovich (APD-116) was a United States Navy in commission from 1945 to 1946. She was sold for srap in 1965. Namesake Albert Anthony Francovich was born on 23 January 1920, at Shamokin, Pennsylvania into a Croatian-American family. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 8 March 1939. As an aviation machinists mate first class with a patrol squadron during the Solomon Islands campaign, Francovich was killed in action in an engagement with a Japanese four-engined flying boat on 6 September 1942. Francovich posthumously was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in standing to his gun although mortally wounded. The U.S. Navy destroyer escort was named for him but when the destroyer escorts construction was cancelled in 1944 prior to completion, the name was transferred to the USS Francovich (DE-606). Construction and commissioning USS Francovich (DE-606) was laid down on 19 April 1945 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard at Hingham, Massachusetts. She was launched on 5 J
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