Enlistment Documents
Age Certificate
Parent Consent
Application for Enlistment - Page 1
Application for Enlistment - Page 2
Francis "Frank" Anthony Koenigsman was born December 9, 1926 at the family farm built by his Grandfather Anton Koenigsman four miles due east of Tipton, Mitchell County, Kansas.  He was the first of Edward Baptist and Veronica Susan (Lutgen) Koenigsman’s twelve children, nine of whom survived to adulthood.  Frank grew up during the Great Depression, attended School and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Tipton, graduating early from high school in December, 1944 so he could join the war effort.
After the war, Frank took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended Business College in Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, where he met beautiful Theresa JoAnn Stobbe.  JoAnn told the story that she often went to local dances with her older sisters since she was only 17 and when she first saw Frank, she said "he's the one".  She was right.  They married on November 17, 1947 and together raised six children.  Frank passed away on December 16, 2004 and JoAnn followed less than a year later on November 1, 2005.
Frank filled out his Application for Enlistment to the U.S. Navy on Saturday, December 2, 1944 at the U.S. Naval Recruiting Station (USNRS/s.) in Salina, Saline County, Kansas and then travelled to the USNRS at Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri on December 4th where he officially entered into Active Service in the U.S. Naval Reserve (USNR, V-6) with the rate of Apprentice Seaman (AS).  Since this was just before his 18th birthday, his father Edward had to accompany Frank to Salina to sign an Age Certificate and Parent Consent form.  Just two days after enlisting, Frank was in Great Lakes, Lake County, Illinois on December 6, 1944 attending Basic Recruit Training at the U.S. Naval Training Center (USNTC).
  Basic Training  
Within a month of his arrival at the USNTC, Frank contracted scarlet fever and was admitted to the McIntire Dispensary on January 1, 1945.  The following letter was sent to his folks to inform them of his illness, and request they not come to see him while he is sick, since he will not be allowed visitors.
During Basic, Frank received a course in Fire Fighting and also qualified as Rifle Marksman. On Saturday, February 24th, 1945, Frank graduated Basic Recruit Training and was promoted to rate Seaman 2nd Class (S2C).  The U.S. Navy publication "The Bluejackets' Manual", issued to all naval personnel, describes the duties of a Seaman as "Know naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling.  Stand watch and gunnery duties."  According to the website "Summary of Ranks and Rates of the U.S. Navy" and the "The Bluejackets' Manual", Frank’s monthly pay increased from $50/month as an Apprentice Seaman (Grade 7) to $54/month at the S2C rate (Grade 6).
Upon graduation, Frank was awarded 11 days Recruit leave (Feb 24 to Mar 7, 1945) and probably traveled back home to Kansas for a short visit.
Recruit Leave - Back home in Kansas
Frank and his younger
brother Dave
Frank and his folks,
Veronica and Edward
Transfer Orders and Chaplains' Welcome to the Naval Training School
  RadioMan School  
On March 21, 1945, Frank received orders transferring him to the U.S. Naval Training School (NAVTRASCOL) at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (now the "Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport") for a Radioman Course of Instruction.  Frank arrived on Thursday, March 22, 1945 to begin his 20 week of training.  "The Bluejackets' Manual" states a Radioman's duties are "Transmit and receive radio messages.  Encipher and decipher messages."
This site is dedicated to the memory of Frank and JoAnn Koenigsman, and attempts to chronologically summarize
Frank's World War II Naval service, based primarily upon his naval records and other historical research.
Items in black or blue boxes and text refer to information gleaned primarily from Frank's records.
Information in green boxes with green text is provided for historical context, and has been research separately. Documents and images within the green boxes are not part of Frank's heritage and have been acquired through other sources, primarily the Internet.
The following is the Radioman description found in the on-line version of the
School Code No. 30
PHYSICAL: Hearing in each ear must be 15/15 by whispered voice. Ears free from disease. Manual dexterity.
PERSONAL: No older than 28, unless experienced in code reception.
MISCELLANEOUS: Hobby as "Ham Operator," if code work included. Knowledge of typing desirable. H.S. experience desirable.
DUTIES: Sends and receives encrypted (codes and ciphers) and plain-language messages by radio. Receives messages in Morse code through earphones and records them by typewriter. Transmits with a telegraph key or microphone. May be required to make simple emergency repairs to receivers and transmitters. Must be familiar with the parts of Naval messages, including abbreviations and shortcuts (prosines, etc.); keeps a radio log. Stands watch in radio "shack".
EQUIPMENT USED: Radio telegraph, radio telephone, direction finder, typewriter. Radio repair tools, electrician's tools, testing meters.
TYPES OF BILLETS: All ships; radio stations ashore.
RELATED CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS: Radio operator, transmitter operator, wireless operator, telegraph operator.
19 weeks. Practice in sending and receiving Morse code, typing, and hand printing. Naval radio operating procedures. Practical instruction in use of radio instruments and radio-type equipment.
The U.S.S. Little Rock Association website includes additional information about Radiomen,
along with an "Intersting tidbits" section.
  Frank Koenigsman, S1C(RM)  
  WWII Navy Service Summary  
Radioman School
Copied from The Bluejackets' Manual, 1944
"Three of the 'guys'! That's our
dress uniform, which I've got
on for everyday."
Graduation portrait
S2C(RM) Promotion
Upon his graduation on Saturday, August 11, 1945, Frank had attained a final mark of 80.77, was ranked 59th out of the 86 men in his class, and was promoted to Seaman 2nd Class – Radio Man "S2C (RM)".
Japan Surrenders
Enlisted men celebrate news of surrender
Raising U.S. flag during surrender of Yokosuka Naval base 30-Aug-1945.
Just a few days before Frank graduated Radioman school, the U.S. dropped Nuclear Weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (Mon, 6-Aug-1945) and Nagasaki (Thu, 9-Aug-1945).  Four days after Frank's graduation, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers on Tuesday, August 14, 1945 (Wednesday, August 15th in Japan).
General MacArthur              General Umezu
However, the official end of the Pacific War (V-J Day) did not happen until Sunday, September 2, 1945 when Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Cheering Allied POWs,
Yokohama, Japan
Fireworks in Leyte Gulf, Philippines 15-Aug-1945
See additional related photos from the Naval Historical Center's page
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