Korean War Veterans Honor Roll

Franklin Percival Goulburn Jr.

Lieutenant Junior Grade
United States Navy

Patrol Squadron 9 (VP-9)


Died June 21, 1951
Buried at: Harleigh Cemetery 
                  Camden, New Jersey

LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE FRANKLIN PERCIVAL GOULBURN JR. was born in New Jersey to Franklin Percival Goulburn and his wife, the former Katherine R. Tatem on July 9, 1927. A younger brother, William, was born a bit more than two years later. The 1930 Census shows the family in Atlantic City, where the elder Goulburn worked as a district supervisor for the telephone company. Sadly, his father, who had been in ill health, died on June 29, 1933. Kathryn Goulburn returned to the Collingswood, New Jersey area where she had grown up, and began teaching and coaching sports in Merchantville. The 1940 Census shows the family living at 214 Mansion Avenue in Audubon. They later moved to 314 Maple Avenue in Collingswood. 

Franklin P. Goulburn graduated from Collingswood High School in 1944. He was an excellent student, graduating as a member of the National Honor Society, and a fine athlete, and was a member of Collingswood's track, football and swim teams. His success in high school was reward with an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. A member of the Academy's Class of 1949, he was a member of the swim team in 1947, 1948, and 1949, and was the team captain in his senior year. At one point during his career at Annapolis, he competed in swimming with his brother William, who was attending Dartmouth University.  

Franklin P. Goulborn was commissioned as an Ensign on June 3, 1949. He qualified for flight duty, and was trained as a navigator. Franklin P. Goulborn was later promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. He also married at some point, most likely after graduating from the Naval Academy. He was assigned to the newly formed Patrol Squadron 9 (VP-9), based at the Sand Point Naval Air Station near Seattle, Washington. On April 29, 1951 the Seattle Daily Times reported that his wife Jean gave birth to a son, Franklin P. Goulburn III at Fort Lawton Hospital.

Patrol Squadron 9 flew the Consilidated PB4-Y2 Privateer bomber. This aircraft was a naval version of the B-24 Liberator bomber, which had played a vital role during World War II as a long range heavy bomber. 

Lieutenant Junior Grade Franklin P. Goulburn Jr. was killed on June 21, 1951 along with four other men when his plane crashed in the Skagit Bay tidal flats at the north end of  Camano Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle and 11 miles east of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother. 

Lieutenant Junior Grade Goulburn was brought home to New Jersey and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey.  

His mother, Katherine Tatem Goulborn was elected to the Collingswood High School Hall of Fame in 1991. She had graduated from Collingswood High School in 1920, recognized for both her excellent scholarship and athletic ability. An outstanding goalie in field hockey, she went to Trenton Normal School, where she received a teaching degree. After working in Merchantville, she took a position with the Collingswood school system in 1945, remaining there until she retired in 1964. Thirteen of these years were as board secretary.

1944 Collingswood High School Yearbook

Boston Herald - February 28, 1948

Consolidated PB4-Y2 Privateer Bomber

Seattle Daily Times - June 22, 1951
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Prop Wash - Naval Air station Whidbey Island, Washington
June 27, 1951

Application for Headstone or Marker

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