Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FRANK W. ALLCORN III: 1919-2008; Sub Veteran Was Steady Hand at Sea the Decorated Torpedo Officer Later Helped Build Our Maritime Industry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FRANK W. ALLCORN III: 1919-2008; Sub Veteran Was Steady Hand at Sea the Decorated Torpedo Officer Later Helped Build Our Maritime Industry

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Frank W. Allcorn III, a retired banker and decorated World War II submarine officer who helped develop Jacksonville's maritime industry, died Tuesday. He was 88 and had been in failing health for several months.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave., followed by a reception in the Astor Room of the Florida Yacht Club at 5210 Yacht Club Road.

A native of Atlanta, Mr. Allcorn graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1941 and then became a naval submarine officer serving on the USS Finback, the USS Parche and the USS Lapon, completing seven patrols in the Pacific. He was awarded two Silver Star medals and a Bronze Star.

While serving as torpedo officer on the Parche, Mr. Allcorn was cited by his commanding officer as being responsible for the sub being able to fire 19 torpedoes during a 46-minute intense battle while taking heavy gunfire from a Japanese convoy. His actions resulted in 15 hits sinking four enemy ships and damaging one.

In 1990, when the Navy dedicated Ramage Hall as a training facility at the Norfolk (Va.) Naval Base, the hall's auditorium was named in Mr. Allcorn's honor. After the war, Mr. Allcorn continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a captain.

Returning to civilian life, he entered the life insurance business with Northwestern Mutual in Atlanta. In 1965, Mr. Allcorn was named trust officer for the former Barnett First National Bank of Jacksonville. He retired from the bank as a vice president in the late 1980s.

Mr. Allcorn headed the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce's efforts to restart construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, which had been halted in 1971. In the late 1970s, he headed a commerce task force that lobbied for the creation of the Geis Marine and Industrial Technology Center at Florida Community College at Jacksonville to train workers for maritime and port-related careers. …

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