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Autrey, William Roscoe

Rank and Name, Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class William Roscoe Autrey.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron 18 (VPB-18), United States Naval Reserve.


William is born approx. on 1926 in Oklahoma.

Father, Roscoe P. Autrey.

Mother, Cora L. Autrey.

Sister(s), Mary Autrey.

Brother(s), J.T. and Roscoe P. Autrey Jr.


William enlisted the service in Oklahoma with service number # 6716035.


William‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a Martin PBM-5 Mariner were,

LtJg.            Edward Podlogar     Pilot

Amm2.         Eugene R. Foster

Arm1.          Thomas A. Parsons

Aom3.          Duane Roland

Aom3.          William R. Autrey


William was KIA on the mission (night flight), the plane lost an engine and flew on a low altitude so crashed in sea on June 28, 1945, he is honored with an Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Gold Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


William is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Patrol Bombing Squadron 18 (VPB-18)
Martin PBM-5 Mariner
Ebeye Island just as Airfield
His rank Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class