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Jones, Benjamin J.

Rank and Name, Private Benjamin J. Jones.

Unit/Placed in, 5307th Composite Unit (Prov.) Merrill’s Marauders.


Benjamin is born approx. on 1920 in South Carolina.


Benjamin enlisted the service in South Carolina with service number # 14123742.


Benjamin ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a C-47 were,

2nd Lt.          Earnest R. Wilson              Pilot

F/O              Andrew Malligo                 Co Pilot

Sgt.              Allen W. Beeler                 Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           Vilas D. Parker                  Drop Crew Member

Pfc.              Howard K. Moss                Drop Crew Member

Pfc.              Benjamin J. Jones             Drop Crew Member

Pfc.              Walter B. Owensby            Drop Crew Member

Benjamin died when on an Air Supply Mission, they probably crashed due to bad weather on 22 May 1944,  he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


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

Walls of the missing.

According a search team from D.P.A.A. they discovered the crash site in 1987. Researched the site and there were remains recovered at that time. It was not certain whose remains it was.

Thanks to, https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/342077-2nd-troop-carrier-squadron-and-315th-troop-carrier-squadron-443rd-troop-carrier-group-10th-aaf/


Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

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/

5307th Composite Unit (Prov.) Merrill’s Marauders
443rd Troop Carrier Group
Airfield Dinjan, Assam India
Flying the HUMP, China, Burma and India
C(hina)B(urma)I(ndia) CBI Patch
His rank Private
2nd Troop Squadron