McKEAN COUNTY
WORLD WAR II
Casualties

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Private William H. Haglund

319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division

Hometown: Barrett Avenue, Port Allegany

Killed in action 10 February 1945
Germany
Age: 19

Buried: Plot H, Row 2, Grave 29
Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg


Tech Sergeant Gerald Hansen

525th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, Heavy

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 14 October 1943
Age: 29

Buried: Plot C, Row 23, Grave 83
Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France

Hansen was on his 19th mission as a tail gunner on the B-17 "BAD NEWS" when he and three other crewmen were killed by German fighters. Their mission was Schweinfurt, Germany, and became known as "Black Thursday" because 60 of the 291 B-17s on that mission were shot down. Hansen was moving forward to assist a waist gunner and was killed by 20mm shell fire from a German fighter. Control of the B-17 was lost and the remaining six crewmen parachuted and were taken prisoner. Hansen and the other three men crashed with the B-17 south of Schweinfurt.


Tech Sergeant Willard G. Hanson

United States Marine Corps

Hometown: Kane

Died Non-Battle, Hawaiian Territory: June 24, 1945
Age: 27

Buried: Plot C, Site 1320
Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii


Staff Sergeant Merle L. Hartburg

Radio Operator, 403rd Bomber Squadron
43rd Bomber Group, Heavy

Hometown: Clermont

Missing in action: November 29, 1942
Age: 23

Tablets of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Their B-17 was the first loss of the 403rd BS. It took off from Turnbull Airfield near Milne Bay, New Guinea, at 11:45 hrs on a mission to shadow a Japanese convoy of four destroyers sent to reinforce Buna. At 17:30 hrs their B-17 radioed that it had made contact with the convoy near Umboi Island in the Vitiaz Straight. No further contact was received from the aircraft. The entire crew was declared dead on January 7, 1946.


Private First Class William E. Hauck

175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Hometown: Colegrove

Killed in action 17 June 1944, France


Buried: Plot G, Row 11, Grave 6
Normandy American Cemetery, St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France


Corporal Robert T. Hawk

Company A, 489th Ordnance Evacuation Company,
37th Tank Division

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 11 April 1945, Germany
Age: 20

Buried: Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA


Private Leo E. Hayes

Company C, 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion,
1st Armored Division

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action in March 7, 1943
Age: 28

Battle of Kasserine Pass, North Africa

Buried: Ridge Cemetery, Kersey, PA
Repatriated: 10 March 1949


Second Lieutenant Roger L. Hazard

P-38 Pilot, 35th Fighter Squadron
Army Air Forces

Hometown: Ash Street, Kane

Killed in action: Apri 18, 1944
Age: 23


Buried: Section 12, Site 2492
Arlington National Cemetery, VA
Repatriated: 25 June 1948


Shot down over New Guinea


Private Robert P. Henretta

United States Marine Corps

USS Solace (AH-5)

Hometown: Bordell


Killed in action 17 November 1942

Buried: St. Bernards Cemetery, Bradford
Repatriated: 17 March 1948

Corporal Paul R. Henton

602nd Medium Tank Company (Amphibious)
Camp Bradford, VA

Hometown: Duke Center

Died on 16 January 1945 as he was handling high explosives during regimental exhibition maneuvers
Age: 24


Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp

Sergeant Jack O. Higgins

15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 3 November 1944, France
Age: 21

Buried: Plot B, Row 31, Grave 51
Epinal American Cemetery, France


Staff Sergeant Lester R. Higley

855th Bomber Squadron, 491st Bomber Group, Heavy

Hometown: Duke Center

Killed in action 24 March 1945
Age: 22

Buried: Plot H, Row 11, Grave 14
Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

Tail gunner on the B-24 "Hot Rock" (pilot Lt Paul Fox) on a low level supply mission to British drop zone across the Rhine. The B-24 was hit by enemy flak, on fire, and attempted a steep climb to reach a safe bail out altitude, but the aircraft went out of control, rolled over on its back and crashed about two miles northeast of Wesel, Germany.


Private First Class Albert A. Himes

193rd Military Police Company

Hometown: Hazel Hurst

Died of accidental wounds 15 January 1944
Tunisia, North Africa
Age: 19


Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp
Repatriated: 2 June 1948

Corporal Clay H. Holmes

Company B, 343rd Engineers,
1255th Combat Engineer Battalion

Hometown: Sergeant Twp, Kane

Drowned 19 September 1945, Germany
Age: 19


Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp
Repatriated: 22 October 1948

Private First Class Eugene F. Howard

115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Hometown: School Street, Bradford

Died of wounds 19 September 1944, France
Age: 19

Buried: Plot J, Row 16, Grave 5
Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France

Seriously wounded on 15 September 1944


Messman Milford K. Hullihen

U.S. Merchant Marine - SS Halo (Tanker)

Hometown: Bradford

Missing in action 20 May 1942, Gulf of Mexico
Age: 36

At 07.58 hours on 20 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Halo (Master Ulrich Fred Moller) was hit by two torpedoes from U-506 about 50 miles from the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River, while proceeding on a rapidly changing zigzag pattern at 10.4 knots. The first torpedo struck on the starboard side under the bridge and completely destroyed this part of the ship. The second hit aft of the bridge but forward of the engine room. The second explosion broke the ship in two and ignited the cargo.

The tanker plunged bow first with her propeller still turning and sank within three minutes. 23 men of the crew of eight officers and 34 men managed to leave the ship, but only one raft was left, the four lifeboats and three other rafts were destroyed by the explosions and fire. The survivors huddled together clinging to wreckage in the water near the sunken ship throughout the night and the next day. The oil on the surface burned for six hours. Two men cling to a half-burned raft and stayed on it for seven days without food or water. They were then picked up by Otina and taken to New Orleans.

The other survivors in the water began dying from exposure and injuries. On the third day wreckage ascended from the tanker and the seven remaining survivors tied boards together with strips of canvas torn from their life preservers. Crude oil also floated free forming a layer four inches thick. Five days after the sinking, the Oaxaca picked up the three remaining survivors, but one of these men died at sea. The two men arrived at a hospital in Tampico on 28 May, but one men died 30 minutes after arriving. Thus, only one officer and two crewmen survived the sinking.


Fireman 2/c Frederick L. Huntoon

USS Atlanta (CL-51)

Hometown: Lewis Run

Missing in action 13 November 1942
Age: 20

Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii

Struck by a torpedo and 49 enemy shells, the Atlanta lay dead in the water only minutes after engaging Japanese naval forces near Savo Island, Guadalcanal. The Atlanta sunk one Japanese destroyer and had claimed several hits against a cruiser, all the while with one third her crew killed or missing, operating under auxiliary power, the engine room flooded and topside in ruin. Scuttling charges were set and exploded, sending the Atlanta to the oceanís bottom.


Private William H. Hyde

295th Combat Engineer Battalion

Hometown: Derrick City

Killed in action 30 December 1944, Germany

Buried: Plot F, Row 12, Grave 25
Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands


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Tech Sergeant Charles K. Isham

305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 25 July 1944, Guam
Age: 32

Buried: Plot O, Site 105
Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii

Killed on his birthday


Private First Class Angelo J. Isidori

Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

Hometown: Smethport

Died of wounds 16 March 1945
Luzon, Philippines
Age: 24


Buried: St. Elizabeth's Cemetery, Smethport
Repatriated: 10 February 1949

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Private First Class Harold F. Jackson

Company C, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Hometown: Port Allegany

Died of wounds 1 July 1944, France

Buried: Plot D, Row 2, Grave 10
Cambridge American Cemetery, England


Second Lieutenant Henry R. Jacobus

327th Fighter Squadron, 328th Fighter Group,
Hamilton AAF, San Rafael, CA

Hometown: Kane

Died 24 September 1942
Age: 27

Buried: St. Callistus Cemetery, Kane

Jacobus was piloting a P-39D when he failed to pull the plane from a steep dive, two miles Southeast of Petaluma, CA.


Second Lieutenant Howard D. Jeutter

717th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bomber Group, Heavy

Hometown: Derrick City

Killed 23 February 1944, Italy
Age: 27

Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp
Repatriated: 29 November 1948

Jeutter's B-24 "The Temptress" was on mission to Steyr, Austria when it crashed on takeoff, killing all 10 on board.


Second Engineer Botvig R. Johnson

U.S. Merchant Marine - SS Gulftrade (Tanker)

Hometown: Port Allegany

Missing in action 10 March 1942, off NJ coastline

At 06.32 hours on 10 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Gulftrade (Master Torger Olsen) was torpedoed by U-588 3 miles off Barnegat Light. The tanker was spotted by the U-boat, because the running lights and the masthead light had been turned on to avoid collision with several colliers in the vicinity. A torpedo struck the starboard side just forward of the mainmast and just aft of the bridge. The explosion broke the ship in two, ripped up the decks and completely opened tanks #5, #6 and #7.

Oil and debris was sprayed over the vessel from stem to stern and the ship caught fire immediately. Within one minute, the high seas washed over the tanker and extinguished the flames. The engines were stopped and the ship was abandoned by the crew of eight officers and 26 crewmen. The high seas and the fact that oil lay several inches deep all about the deck and had filled the boats complicated the abandoning. Seven survivors stayed on the stern and nine abandoned ship in a lifeboat. Two other boats with 18 men swamped, drowning the officer and 17 crewmen in them.

USCGC Antietam (WPC 128) arrived and picked up the men in the lifeboat. While maneuvering to remove the men on the stern, her port propeller got fouled with a mooring line. The men were then rescued by USS Larch (AN 21). The survivors reported that the U-boat surfaced 5 minutes after the attack, circled the stern and departed 45 minutes later on a southerly course.


Private First Class Ivan J. Johnson

Company A, 336th Combat Engineer Battalion, Ninth Army

Hometown: Willard Avenue, Bradford

Killed in action 14 February 1945, Germany
Age: 34


Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford
Repatriated: 14 April 1949

First Sergeant John E. Johnson

Company H, 112th Infantry Regiment,
28th Infantry Division

Hometown: Kane

Drowned 6 March 1943
Amphibious landings training at Camp Gordon, FL
Age: 25


Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane

Gunners Mate 3/c Raymond A. Johnson

USS Cabot (CVL-28)

Hometown: Kane

Killed in action 25 November 1944
Age: 21

Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

The carrier USS Cabot was attacked by Kamikazes off Luzon, Philippines with 62 KIA.


Private Walter A. Johnson

803rd Engineer Aviation Battalion

Hometown: Kane

Missing in action 7 September 1944

Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Taken prisoner on May 6, 1942
Corregidor, Philippines / Prisoner of War: Japan

Private Johnson was being transported on the Prisoner of War "HELL SHIP" Shinyo Maru when it was torpedoed and sunk accidentally by the US submarine USS Paddle on September 7, 1944 off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines. Of the 750 American prisoners on board, 668 drowned and 82 survived.


Private William M. Johnson, Jr.

Section C, 224th A.A.F. Base Unit, Sioux City, Iowa

Hometown: Kane, James City

Died of Illness: July 10, 1944
Age: 20

Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane


Staff Sergeant Arthur C. Johnston

Company K, 112th Infantry Regiment
28th Infantry Division

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 8 November 1944
Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Germany
Age: 27


Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford
Repatriated: 3 December 1948

Corporal George H. Jones

596th Airborne Engineer Company,
517th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Hometown: Smethport

Killed in action 5 January 1945, Battle of the Bulge

Buried: Plot F, Row 10, Grave 32
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium

Jones served in combat in Italy, France and Belgium


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Staff Sergeant George D. Keefer

Army Air Corps

Hometown: Bradford

Non-battle Air Crash: October 17, 1945
Age: 32

Pilot Powers and Keefer crashed in a DC-3 in Burma.

Buried: Section 34 / Site 4986, Arlington National Cemetery


Corporal Virgil C. Kinney

27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred, Port Allegany & Portville, NY

Killed in action 22 April 1945, Luzon, Philippines
Age: 30


Buried: Annin Cemetery, Annin Twp
Repatriated: 7 August 1948

Private First Class George Knickerbocker

104th Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred

Died of wounds 10 March 1945, Germany


Buried: Chestnut Cemetery, Portville, NY
Repatriated: 12 December 1947


Wounded on 26 February 1945

Staff Sergeant Raymond W. Kraft

Company D, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division

Hometown: Kane

Killed in action 8 November 1944
Battle of Huertgen Forest, Germany


Buried: St. Callistus Cemetery, Kane
Repatriated: 12 December 1947

Staff Sergeant Joseph M. Kunkel

Company L, 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred

Killed in action 21 December 1944
Battle of the Bulge
Age: 35


Buried: St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY
Repatriated: 19 April 1949

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Private First Class John D. Lacney

Company D, 31st Tank Destroyer Battalion,
7th Armored Division

Hometown: Keating Summit (Port Allegany)

Died of wounds 22 January 1945
Age: 31
Battle of the Bulge


Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany
Repatriated: 14 September 1948

Sergeant Laurence Lambillotte

180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred

Killed in action 12 February 1944, Anzio Beach, Italy
Age: 25

Buried: Plot I, Row 13, Grave 65
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy


Private Rudolph E. Larson

Company M, 112th Infantry Regiment,
28th Infantry Division

Hometown: Kane

Died January 11, 1942, Lewistown, PA
Age: 31


Buried: Nebo Cemetery, Mt. Jewett

Struck by a vehicle while hitch hiking home on furlough


Private Clyde M. Lawton

Company F, 1301 SN Reception Center, New Cumberland, PA

Hometown: East Smethport

Committed suicide in Port Allegany: June25, 1942
Age: 30


Buried: Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA

Staff Sergeant Quinten E. Lecker

476th Bomber Squadron, 335th Bomber Group, Medium

Hometown: Mount Alton

Killed in action 17 December 1943, Over English Channel
Age: 25

Buried: St. Marys Cemetery


Lieutenant Donald N. Leilich

60th Ferry Squadron, 3rd Ferry Group, Romulus AAF, MI

Hometown: West Corydon Street, Bradford

Died 26 March 1944
Age: 24


Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Erie, PA

Leilich was piloting a P-39 when it crashed six miles South of Billy Mitchell Field, WI.


Sergeant Eugene C. Lewis

18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred & Portville, NY

Killed in action 1 March 1945, Germany
Age: 31

Buried: Plot B, Row 2, Grave 51
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium


Sergeant Joseph A. Liegey

Battery C, 925th Field Artillery Battalion
100th Infantry Division

Hometown: Kane

Killed in action: January 13, 1945, France
Age: 25

Buried: Frenchville, PA


Private Homer S. Long, Jr.

Company F, 194th Glider Infantry Regiment,
17th Airborne Division

Hometown: Coleville
Enlisted: New York

Killed in action 6 April 1945, Germany
Age: 20


Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp
Repatriated: 3 December 1948

Private First Class Charles D. Loop

337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division

Hometown: Eldred

Died of wounds 19 June 1945
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC


Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford

Loop was severely wounded in Italy in October 1944. He was also hospitalized at Beaumont Hospital, El Paso, TX and Deshon Hospital, Butler, PA.


Staff Sergeant Robert C. Luce

Headquarters Company, 112th Infantry Regiment,
28th Infantry Division

Hometown: Kane

Killed in action 8 November 1944
Battle of Huertgen Forest, Germany
Age: 28


Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane
Repatriated: 9 December 1947

Flight Officer Howard J. Lundberg

425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy

Hometown: Kane

Missing in action: August 9, 1944
Age: 23

Tablets of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

On his 4th mission, Lundberg's B-24J departed Kunming, China on a low altitude, combat-mine laying mission to Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong.


Second Lieutenant Jesse A. Lutman

Co-pilot, B-26 Marauder, Ninth Army Air Force

Hometown: Bradford

Killed in action 23 December 1944, Over Witry, Belgium


Buried: McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette Twp
Repatriated: 14 December 1948

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