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Maj Marion Ryan McCown, Jr
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1917
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1944

Major Marion R. McCown Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, of Charleston, S.C. He was the son of Marion Ryan and Grace Emily (Aimar) McCown, Sr. and only brother of Blanche and Claudia. Marion grew up in South Carolina, exploring the salt water marshes, participating in the Boy Scouts organization and was a Golden Gloves boxer. He got his pilot's license while studying at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Marion joined the United States Marine Corps when the country was drawn into WWII. Stationed at Vella Lavella on the Western edge of the Solomon Islands, he was part of the Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-321, "The Hell's Angel's", and he assisted in the downing of over 39 Japanese aircraft. On January 20, 1944, McCown was the pilot of an F-4U Corsair aircraft that failed to return from a combat mission over Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In 1991, a team excavated the crash site and Marion's identification tag and some remains were found. More remains were recovered between the years 2001-2008. He was positively identified in late 2008 and he was returned home to his family for burial. He was laid to rest next to his mother, sister, and grandparents on January 18, 2009.

Major McCown was declared dead on January 16, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery
 
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 Parents:
  Grace Aimar Mccown (1893 - 1953)
 
 Sibling:
  Marion Ryan McCown (1917 - 1944)
  Blanche Uranie McCown Jones (1919 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unitarian Church Cemetery
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Sue
Record added: Dec 19, 2008
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