Frank Cadle Mahin
Major General , United States Army
MAHIN AND 2 FLYERS KILLES AS PLANE HITS TREE
Army Observation Ship Crashes in Tennessee
Waynesboro, Tennessee, July 24, 1941 – Major General Frank C. Mahin, commanding offer of the 33rd Division at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and two Army flyers were killed near here today in the crash of their Army observation plane.
Mrs. Walter Brewer, wife of the Wayne County Sheriff, said the plane struck a tree five miles west of here, but did not burn
An Army official, at the Tullahoma, Tennessee, Air Base, who declined use of his name, said the ship was en route from Tullahoma to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
He identified the two others were killed as Second Lieutenant Robert F. Turk of Wichita, Kansas, and Sergeant John Camerford of Alamo, Texas, both attached to the 127th Observation Squadron at Tullahoma. Bodies of the three and the wreckage were taken to Tullahoma, pending final inquiry on Monday.
General Mahin, who was 55 years old and was a veteran of the World War, took command of the 33rd Division at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, in May.
Before his appointment, he had been assistant commander of the 45th Division, Camp Berkley, Texas. He was born in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Frank W. Mahin, a retired United States Consular Officer.
He received his early education in England and was graduated from Harvard University in 1909.
He joined the Regular Army in 1910 after service with the New York National Guard. Two years later he received his first commission and became a Major in France in 1918. he was wounded at St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.
Resuming his formal military studies after the war, Mahin was a “distinguished graduate” of the Command and General Staff School in 1925. He was graduated from the Army War College in 1929.
He was placed in command of the 3rd Infantry in 1937 and in August 1940 organized the 60th Infantry, commanding it until October 1941, when he was promoted to Brigadier General. He became a Major General after assuming command at Camp Forrest.
Mahin was married and the father of three married
CAMP FORREST, Tennessee, July 25, 1942 – Memorial services were conducted today for Major General Frank C. Mahin, commander of the Thirty-Third Division at this post, who died in the crash of an observation plane near Waynesboro, Tennessee yesterday.
Following the services, the General’s body will be sent to Washington for burial in the National Cemetery at Arlington.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, October 2009
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Posted: 11 December 2007 Updated: 28 October 2009