Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Hryniewicz, Frank

Frank Hryniewicz was only 19 when he enlisted in the US Navy. After completing basic training, he was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, one of several ships docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Early on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, young Frank and a couple of shipmates were taking a launch to shore, to go to church, when they were hit by fire from Japanese attack planes.
Frank Hryniewicz had wavy brown hair. He was of medium build. He liked to play drums. And his nickname was "Cremo," in memory of another brother called "cram puff" who died as a boy of diphtheria, these are some of the things his brother Alexander remembered after yesterday's ceremony.

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