In Memory of
U.S. Navy Radio Technician First Class
William Franklin Blau
Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton County
April 24, 1945
Lost at Sea aboard the USS Frederick Davis

William Franklin Blau

William Franklin Blau was from Yankton, South Dakota. He was married to Harriet Sorensen of Yankton.

In the May 31, 1945, issue of Yankton Press and Dakotan, there was a reprint of the Navy Department’s telegram to Mrs. Harriet Blau:  “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that a careful review of facts available relating to the disappearance of your husband, William Franklin Blau, radio technician first class, USNR, previously reported missing, leads to the conclusion that there is no hope for his survival and that he lost his life as the result of enemy action on April 24, 1945, while in service to his country.”   

Radio Technician First Class William Blau was aboard the “USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine U-546 in the North Atlantic, 24 April 1945,” according to

William Blau is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He also has an “In Memoriam” plate at the American Legion Memorial Park, Kenneth S. Wells Post #209, Orfordville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by Lest We Forget,, and by