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Baetzhold Jr. , August Charles

Rank and Name, Second Lieutenant August Charles Baetzhold Jr.

Unit/Placed in, Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 243 (VMSB-243), Marine Aircraft 24, United States Marine Corps.


August is born approx. on 16 April 1921 in Buffalo, New York.

Father, August Charles Baetzhold Sr.

Mother, Virginia M. (Mcclaran) Baetzhold.

Sister(s), June Baetzhold.


August enlisted the service in New York with service number # 0-011848.

August‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Douglas SBD-Dauntless  were,

2nd Lt.     August C. Baetzhold Jr.          Pilot

Corp.         Paul O’Brien                                Radio Operator/Gunner

August died in a training accident during dive-bombing practice on 1 March 1943, he is honored with a Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, United States Aviator Badge, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


August is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA.


Thanks to, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker


Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

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

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

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

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

National Historian

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

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

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

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


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

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 243 (VSMB-243)
Douglas SBD Dauntless "Dive Bomber"
NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Baetzhold with his squadronmates, 1943.
August Charles Baetzhold Jr.
His rank Second Lieutenant
United States Aviator Badge (navy)