FRANSEN, ALBERT MARK JR.
Name: Albert Mark Fransen, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E4/US Navy
Unit: Commander Coastal Division 15
Date of Birth: 09 November 1944 (Clinton OK)
Home City of Record: Las Vegas NV
Date of Loss: 02 July 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 125029N 1092706E (CQ320200)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat (PCF 87)
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 April 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2005 with info as noted below.
SYNOPSIS: Engineman Petty Officer Third Class Albert M. Fransen, Jr. was
assigned to Commander Coastal Division 15. On July 2, 1969, he was onboard a
swift boat (PCF-87) which was conducting harrassment and interdiction fire
about 50 miles south of Qui Nhon, South Vietnam, when the boat was hit by an
81mm mortar round.
Petty Officer Fransen was killed by wounds inflicted by the mortar. Navy
information provides no further details of the boat or the rest of the crew.
It is only states that Fransen could not be found. He was listed Killed in
Action, Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR).
Petty Officer Fransen is listed among the missing because his body was never
located to return home for burial. There is no doubt that he is dead. He is
among over 3000 Americans who were prisoner, missing or unaccounted for when
the war ended.
Jan 24, 2005
The reports you have are so wrong.
I was stationed and trained with Albert and was there when he was killed.
They did a double load on the mortar, which had a trigger fire mode and if
the VC could put a 81mm round down their barrel on one shot while they
floating on the ocean, best shot ever. Plus, the VC did not shoot 81mm, they
shot an 82mm round.
I was there and it was a double load on the mortar or a bad safety. Did
anyone do research on this and think the VC could put their first round on a
boat at sea?
Terry Boone RD2
PCF 90 Qui Nhon 68-69
Kansas City, MO.
This last January I emailed you stating your facts regarding the death of
Albert Fransen was incorrect. Today I received records from the Navy
Department that was researched by a fellow friend. Please
read the PDF documents
and I hope you will correct your site.