Frank D. Tyrrell (#O-394383)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Bancroft, South Dakota
June 12, 1915
Captain, S-3
83rd Infantry
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal with Oak leaf Cluster, Silver Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, ...

The youngest of five children, Frank D. "Terry" Tyrrell was born on June 12, 1915 in Bancroft, South Dakota. His father Thomas J. (1879-1968), who had English roots, and his mother Gertrude (Nelings) Tyrrell (1878-1942), who had US/Canadian roots, worked as farmers in South Dakota.
Frank Tyrrell moved to Seattle, Washington in 1940 and was a teaching fellow in the Botany Department at the University of Washington. There he met Maywood "Midge" (Mitchell) whom he married in January of 1942.

2nd Lieutenant Frank DeLos Tyrrell

In March of 1942 Frank Tyrrell went into the US Army and served as S-3 Officer (O-394383)  in HQ Company, 3rd Battalion, 331st Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division. Captain Tyrrell participated in five major battles and has the ETO ribbon with a Silver Star for 5 campaigns. He went into Germany at the end of the war during the Occupation period. He sent a large series of letters back home, writing about the War, the Germans, and Germany. He also brought home two parachutes, one from the Nazi military and another one that was US. These parachutes have been donated to the South Dakota Historical Society, along with pdfs of the letters.

After the War, Frank Tyrrell worked in the plywood and lumber industry, first at the Elliot Bay Mill Co. and later for Seattle Plywood and Door Co. Frank and his wife Maywood "Midge" (born Mitchell) has two sons, George (1951-2004) and Mark (1951-1997) Tyrrell

Frank "Terry" Tyrrell died on July 31, 1994, in Mercer Island, Washington, at the age of 79.

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