Thursday, June 2, 2016

Death of Pearl Harbor Survivor Fran Jenkins, 98: "Caught Us With Our Pants Down"

From the May 31, 2016, Marin County (Cal.) Independent Journal "Fran Jenkins, one of the last two Marin County Pearl Harbor survivors, dies at 98" by Paul Liberatore.

Mr. Jenkins died Sunday, May 29, 2016.  Now, only George Larsen of Novoto remains in Marin County.

Fran Jenkins was a young Navy petty officer on the destroyer USS Bagley, docked across from Battleship Row.  He said it was like he "had a seat on the 50-yard line."

"We were surprised and mortified because they caught us with our pants down."  he clearly remembered seeing the pilots' faces as they roared by so close above him.

At one time there were seventeen Marin County and 84,000 nationwide.  Now, nationally there are only about 2,500.  The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded in 2012 due to declining membership and disabilities..

Mr. Jenkins was born in Spokane, Washington in 1918.

--GreGen

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