PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FRANK MANALL JR. was born in 1917 in Haddonfield NJ. His father had emigrated from Italy, his mother Mary, was born in Pennsylvania of French parents. In 1930 the elder Manall was working as a foreman for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the family lived at 414 Atlantic Avenue in Haddonfield NJ. Frank Jr. was the second child, coming between brothers Andrew and Thomas. Andrew Manall was 17 and working in a grocery store at the time of the 1930 census, he had married and started a family by 1935.
At some point in the mid-1930s Frank Manall moved to Pennsauken NJ. He graduated from Merchantville High School in 1937. Frank Manall worked at the Quaker City Iron Works in Philadelphia, and was still living in Pennsauken NJ when he enlisted in the Army on February 3, 1941. He went overseas as a member of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, and saw action in Sicily, at Salerno and Naples, and at Anzio, where he was killed in action on February 15, 1944.
He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Ansink, of 2232 North 38th Street, Pennsauken NJ, and his brother Private First Class Thomas Manall, who was serving with the Quartermaster Corps at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC at the time, younger brothers Harry and Andrew, a sister, Elizabeth, and half-brothers, Harold and Leslie Ansink Jr.
In July of 1944, Frank Manall was brought home to New Jersey. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery on July 31, 1948.
An American Legion Post, Manall-Paetz Post 461 in Pennsauken, was named in for him and Second Lieutenant Edward E. Paetz. This Post was fielded a dominant American Legion baseball team in the early 1950s and won the New Jersey State Championship in 1951. Manall Avenue in Pennsauken also is named for him after the war.
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