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Frank H. Applegate

AGE: 88 • Manasquan

Frank H. Applegate, age 88, a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran, local businessman and lifelong resident of Manasquan, New Jersey, died Thursday, January 9, 2014. Frank was born February 18, 1925, in Spring Lake, New Jersey, son of the late LeRoy and Jennie Houghton Applegate. A 1944 graduate of Manasquan High School, he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology before joining his father in the moving business. He incorporated Applegate Moving & Storage and operated out of Manasquan and Wall as president until his "retirement" in 1990. Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday and began his service on the USS George W. Ingram DE 62 in the Atlantic. In 1944 he was assigned to the USS Taussig DD 746. A superior ocean swimmer, a skill developed growing up in Manasquan, he rescued nine American pilots and one Japanese pilot as a member of his ship's plane crash party. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for a difficult rescue, surviving in rough, freezing seas two days before his 20th birthday. His numerous engagements included the July 1945 raid by nine U.S. destroyers into Tokyo Bay. He was a member of the Manasquan First Baptist Church for 74 years serving many terms as a deacon, trustee, head usher and breakfast cook. The first of three generations of Eagle Scouts in Troop 59 in Manasquan, Frank organized Manasquan's Boy Scout Explorer Posts 59 and 197 that primarily focused on the restoration, destruction and subsequent rebuilding of wooden canoes. He was a founding member and past president of the Manasquan Historical Society and was instrumental in negotiating the purchase of the Bailey-Reed House. He served three years on Manasquan Borough Council in the 1950s.

Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Olmstead, and brother, Theodore "Ted" Applegate. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Jean Dickinson Applegate of Manasquan; one son, Michael Applegate and his wife Susan of Manasquan; one daughter, Marilyn Applegate of Neptune; three grandchildren, David Applegate and his wife Nicole, Andrew Applegate and Sarabeth Applegate all of Manasquan; one brother, LeRoy Applegate of Teague, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

A private interment is scheduled for January 15 at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Manasquan First Baptist Church, followed by lunch and visitation in Fellowship Hall from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Frank delighted us all with stories of his Naval service, his boat the Margaret J., Boy Scouts and the moving business. Please share your story with us at the online memorial at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LADACIN Network (, 1703 Kneeley Blvd, Wanamassa, N.J., 07712, which provides great joy and tender care to daughter Marilyn and granddaughter Sarabeth.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 12, 2014
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