Memorial Park Honor Rolls
On April 10, 1944, 1st Lt Donald Greenman, USAAC, was flying as navigator aboard B-24D BuNo 42-41188, nicknamed "Hot Garters." The eleven crewmen were part of a bombing mission to Hansa Bay, New Guinea. Over the target area anti-aircraft fire hit "Hot Garters" and the aircraft came apart mid-air. Other aircraft crews on the mission reported seeing several parachutes open as the pieces of the bomber fell towad the floor of the jungle.
Greenman had survived the crash and was captured almost immediaely. Three enlisted men were captured a day or two later. When Australian troops took control of the area many weeks later they also captured many Japanese troops and unit records. The logs revealed that each of these four men had been executed at various locations on separate dates, with Greenman being the first, on April 16th.
I was able to confirm that three of the seven Hazard family men listed on the honor roll were brothers. LtJG Peter Hamilton Hazard, USNR, Capt Rowland Hazard, USA, and Charles W.B. Hazard were the sons of Rowland H Hazard III, of Narragansett.
Peter Hazard was killed in action on March 27, 1945 while flying his TBM "Avenger" in pursuit of a Japanese "Val" bomber that was attempting a suicide attack on American naval vessels. It is very likely that Hazard's TBM was hit by friendly fire. His brother Rowland died a hear earlier, on April 29, 1944, but I was unable to find details.
The Gilbert surname is listed six times on the WW II honor roll, and two of them did not return. TSgt Charles H Gilbert was killed in action on July 29, 1943, while flying aboard a B-17 of the 527th Bomber Squadron of the 379th Bomber Group. PFC John E Gilbert Jr, is listed as killed in action in the Phillipines and is buried at Manila.
Grace and George Hargraves had four living children when WW II began. Everett, the oldest surving boy, and George I Hargraves Jr, the youngest, both joined up. George Jr did not come home.
1st Lt John W Case, USA, was killed on September 14, 1944, while serving with 224th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Division. His body lies at rest in Cambridgeshire, England.
Pvt Gaetano DeSista, was one of "The Railsplitters" of 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Division. Their objective was to cross the Rhine and invade Germany.. On the 14th of January, 1945, DeSista was killed as the Division was fighting through the deep snows that had fallen around Dinez and Odeigne, Luxembourg. In thickly forested areas it was difficult in the dim light of winter to see the enemy or even find the snow covered roads and paths.
LtJG Howard Eagleston Jr, USNR, was killed July 14, 1945 when the Curtis SBC-2 "Helldiver" crashed at Mount Tarumae at Hokkaido, Japan. His gunner, Oliver Rasmussen, survived the impact and years later a book, "Chippewa Chief in World War II: The Survival Story of Oliver Rasmussen in Japan" was published.