“It was an experience very few people have had, and for the most part I think all these POWs enjoy life a little bit more than ordinary people, because so many of our friends were killed over there.”


— Frank Turner to Ellen Kelly

August 1975


Frank Turner died in 1990.


Silver Star


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major (Coast Artillery Corps) Frank M. Turner (ASN: 0-402000), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft), in action at Bataan Air Field, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 8 April 1942. Without regard for his own safety, during the heavy bombing and strafing of the field and his battery, Major Turner assisted two wounded men of the battery into his command car and drove them to the aid station. Though wounded at the time, Major Turner refused hospitalization and returned to his battery. His actions were an inspiration to his men and were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


War Department, General Orders No. 60 (June 26, 1946)