|courtesy of MLC|
Francis was drafted in February 1943. Like all soldiers, Francis went through his training and he may have had a furlough before being sent to the European theater. PFC Monaghan was transferred from the replacement depot to D Company 116th Infantry on 5 Jul 1944 where he served as an ammunition handler (there was some report that he was a mortarman). He was wounded on 30 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. PFC Monaghan died of his wound(s) on 31 Jul 1944.
PFC Monaghan was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Saint Patrick's Cemetery in Keokuk County, Iowa.
Older brother Eugene Joseph Monaghan served as a GM3 aboard the USS Pennsylvania.