Mahin, Frank Cadle, born 27-05-1887in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Frank W. Mahin, a retired United States Consular Officer, received his early education in England and was graduated from Harvard University in 1909.He joined the Regular Army in 1910 after service with the New York National Guard. Two years later he received his first commission and became a Major in France in 1918. he was wounded at St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.Resuming his formal military studies after the war, Mahin was a “distinguished graduate” of the Command and General Staff School in 1925. He was graduated from the Army War College in 1929. He became acting Inspector-General Panama Canal Department. He was placed in command of the 3rd Infantry Division, nickname “Rock of the Marne” in 1937.This division landed with General Georg Smith Patton’s task force in a contested amphibious landing on the coast of Morocco, overwhelming Vichy French defenders in November 1942.
Casualties of the 3rd
during the war were 3.177 killed in action with 12.940 wounded. Mahin in August 1940 organized the 60th
Infantry Regiment, nicknamed “Go Devils”
, commanding it until October 1941, when he was promoted to Brigadier General. The 60th
began crossing the bridge in the night of 08-03-1945, under heavy machine gun and artillery fire.Mahin became a Major General after assuming command at Camp Forrest.Mahin was married with Mauree Pickering and the father of three married daughters. General Mahin, who was 55 years old and was a veteran of the World War, took command of the 33rd
Division, nickname “Illinois Division” or “Prairie Division”
at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, in May. Casualties of the 33rd
during the European campaign, killed 691 and wounded 6.173. Before his appointment, he had been assistant commander of the 45th
nickname “Thunderbird” Camp Berkley, Texas.
Division, in 511 days of combat, suffered 3.650 killed in action, 13.729 wounded in action, 3.615 missing in action, 266 captured, and 41.647 non-battle casualties for a total of 62.907 casualties during the war.
Death and burial ground of Mahin, Frank Cadle.
Major General Frank C. Mahin, and two Army flyers were killed in a crash of their Army observation plane, on 24-07-1942. Mrs. Walter Brewer, wife of the Wayne County Sheriff, said the plane struck a tree five miles west of Waynesboro, but did not burn. An Army official, at the Tullahoma, Tennessee, Air Base, who declined use of his name, said the ship was en route from Tullahoma to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.He identified the two others were killed as Second Lieutenant Robert F. Turk of Wichita, Kansas, and Sergeant John Camerford of Alamo, Texas, both attached to the 127th
, nickname ““Jayhawks”at Tullahoma. The 127th
is a non-flying squadron operating the Distributed Common Ground System
. Bodies of the three and the wreckage were taken to Tullahoma, pending final inquiry on Monday.Frank Mahin with his wife Mauree Pickering, who died very old age 95, in 1985 are buried on the Arlington National Cemetery in Section 3.