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
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/