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Sgt Leonard V Steveson
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1922
Death: Sep. 2, 1945

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Sergeant aboard U.S. Army Air Corps
B-29B-60-BA Superfortress #44-84077.

Killed in a crash at North Field, Guam. Nine other
servicemembers also perished.

1st Lt. George R Hutchison
1st Lt. Lester R Nahouse
Capt. Lewis D Town
Capt. James O Clark
Flt. Off. Thomas C Passarello
2nd Lt. William E Bradley
2nd Lt. Carl W Strait
2nd Lt. Robert H Yost
Sgt. Melvin E Berkey


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On the 2 September 1945 official VJ Day The surrender of the Empire of Japan
brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. Because Aircraft Commander
First Lieutenant George R. Hutchinson's B29 was in for repair he and some of his
crew joined Captain Lewis D. Town (P) and Capt. James O. Clark and Sgt Thomas
Passarello (FE) on their B29 on a mercy mission to Osaka with supplies for US
POW's, the 16th Bomb Group lost 9 of its members in an aircraft accident that
day (and one 3 days later). A few hours after takeoff, Aircraft Commander First
Lieutenant George R. Hutchinson's crew contacted the tower at Northwest Field
and reported mechanical difficulties with their aircraft. Capt Clark and Capt
Town (CP)P), returned to base to land. After circling the field for a few hours
to burn off fuel, the crew prepared for landing. Finally, it came in for what at
first seemed to be a normal landing, but at the last moment, it swerved, hit a
wingtip on a tree, and burst into flames. The only members of the crew saved
were the 3 gunners, the aircraft broke into two parts, and they were able to get
out of the tail section. Sergeant Davis R. Flynt, Jr. and Corporal James A.
Humbird, and Sgt Melvin E Berkey (he lived 3 days after crash but died 5 Sep
1945 from injuries received in the crash). KIA in the crash was 1st Lt. George R
Hutchison (AC), Capt. James O. Clark(P) and Captain Lewis D. Town (P), Sgt
Thomas C. Passarello (FE), 1Lt Lester R Nahouse (Nav), 2nd Lt. William E
Bradley, 2nd Lt. Carl W. Strait, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Yost, Sgt. Leonard V
Steveson. The men of the 16th paid their respects to their deceased comrades
during a funeral held the following day in the group's briefing room. Later, the deceased members were buried in a temporary Marine Corps cemetery south of Agana Guam. Disinterred in 1949 and returned to US and
laid to rest in their final resting place, six in national cemeteries and four
in private cemeteries per next of kin request.
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Burial:
Camp Butler National Cemetery
Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: C, 100
 
Maintained by: Tim Cook
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3281318
Sgt Leonard V Steveson
Added by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruce Almeida
 
Sgt Leonard V Steveson
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Sgt Leonard V Steveson
Added by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruce Almeida
 
 
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