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John Murl Claxton
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1929
Death: Jun. 29, 1955

John was the son of George Lesley and Mabel Grunendike Claxton. His wife was Nina Rose Claxton.

SFC John Murl Claxton was killed when a transport type aircraft, C-47A #43-15594 crashed on Sitkinak Island, Alaska, 29 June 1955, while on a flight out of Kodiak Naval Air Station, Alaska, to drop fuel supplies at the government/military outpost located on the island. He was one of seven military personnel on board. The plane was circling to pinpoint the supply drop location when it experienced a downdraft from the nearby ridge of mountains, and the aircraft did not have sufficient speed to maintain altitude.

Ten men in total gave their lives that day, seven military and three civilians.

The military men were:
Capt. Sumner M. Alpert,
Second Lt. Tullie Warren Moore,
PFC Thomas M. Gravel,
A/2C Harold D. Bohm,
SFC John Murl Claxton,
A/1C George William Hart, and
Cpl Richard Langdon.

The civilians were employees of Western Electric Company:
Louis Julius Houck,
Kurt Alfred Hentschke, Sr., and
John Joseph Dupre.

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who has helped me locate all these men especially B24CoPilotNiece for supplying much of this information and for helping me in my research. Visit her contributor page for other military information.

 
 
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 Parents:
  George Lesley Claxton (1884 - 1968)
  Mabel Grunendike Claxton (1887 - 1984)
 
Inscription:
ILL., SFC Quartermaster Corp.
 
Burial:
Macon County Memorial Park
Harristown
Macon County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: glenda
Originally Created by: kpet
Record added: May 25, 2011
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John Murl Claxton
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 Added: Mar. 10, 2013
 
 
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