Francis I. Wallace

      Francis I. Wallace, 23, or Hopedale, 2nd lieutenant, a bombardier, was reported missing in
    action as of Dec. 31, 1942, according to a message received by his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth
    Blackney, of North Weymouth, from the War Department.Lt. Wallace graduated from
    Hopedale High School, class of 1937, being president of his class, and also valedictorian.

      During his senior year he was president of the Student Council and Athletic Association.
    After high school Lt. Wallace attended the U.S. Naval Academy and also studied one year at
    the University of Maine. He was a pledge to the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

      He is a son of the late James and Eva (Hall) Wallace and passed practically his entire life
    in Hopedale, residing with his grandmother, Mrs. Addie M. Hall, 10 Inman Street, following
    his parents’ deaths. A letter dated Dec. 11, 1942, was received from Lt. Wallace by Mrs. Hall.

      Lt. Wallace attended Hopedale High School at the same time the late Corp. Lowell K.
    Hammond did. Hammond was reported killed May 12, last. The Wallace youth is the first
    Hopedale boy to be reported missing.

      He has a brother, James E. Wallace, who this week was made a warrant officer in the navy.
    Lt. Wallace’s grandmother, Mrs. Mary Winters, was buried yesterday. Milford Daily News,
    February 5, 1943.

      Wallace was eventually listed as killed in action, but so far I've been unable to find the
    newspaper article about that. The National Honor Society at Hopedale High School is named
    for him.

      There appears to be an error in the Report of Separation card. It gives his date of enlistment
    as October 16, 1933. He would have been 14 at that time. I've been told that the part that
    says "Service terminated - by reason of Flying Deficiency" probably means that he wasn't
    successful in pilot training and went on to become a bombardier.

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