Francis Eugene Horne was killed n the flight deck of the U.S.S. Manila Bay (CVE-61) due to enemy action (plane crash)
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, the Philippines
Son of James Henry Horne and Julia Sarrah Hunt
The Kingsport Times News, 4 March 1945:
Francis E. Horne dies of wounds.
Mrs. J.H. Horne of Fordtown has been notified by the War Department that her Son, Francis Eugene Horne, S 1/c, 23, died from multiple wounds received January 1.
Seaman Horne had taken part in several battles in the Pacific and China Sea.
He received his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill., and was stationed in Idaho and Washington, before going to sea. He had served in the Navy two years and three months before which time he was an employe of Tennessee Eastman Corporation.
Surviving are his mother and three sisters, Mrs. Theodore Casteele, Mrs. Charlie Droke and Miss Louise Horne, all of Fordtown; a brother, Ernest Haynes, A.M. 2/C, who is serving in the Navy Air Corps, and one half sister, Mrs. J.D. Easley of Baltimore, Md.
Mother: Mrs. Julia Sarrah Horne, Rt 1, Fordtown, TN