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1LT Louis J Bemish
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Birth: 1918
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 14, 1944, China

Husband of Mary Elizabeth Crowley Bemish who resided in Rochester, New York.

Louis served as a First Lieutenant & Engineer on B29 "Defiant L-assie" #42-6280, 678th Bomber Squadron, 444th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 777 Long Pond Road, Rochester, Monroe County, New York and was a member of the New York National Guard prior to the war.

His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on February 10, 1941, prior to the war, from Rochester, New York. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as an Engineer for the Eastman Kodak Company and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after he was activated.

Louis was "Killed In Action" when his B-29, while on a bombing mission over Northern China, struck a mountainside near Fuling, China during the war.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on November 2, 1949.

Service # O-856412

Louis also has a "Cenotaph" with his parents in the Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greece, New York.

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-29 #42-6280:

Ault, Kenneth D ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NE
Becking, Herbert H ~ T/Sgt, Radar Operator, CA
Bemish, Louis J ~ 1st Lt, Engineer, NY
Boe, Arnold M ~ 2nd Lt, Michigan
Boss, Donald R ~ LTC, Co-Pilot, NY
Cabral, Robert W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Catron, Cleo D ~ S/Sgt, Left Gunner, IN
Fansler, Dahl M ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, WA
Levine, Leo W ~ S/Sgt, NY
McCarthy, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, Right Gunner, NJ
Shields, Samuel J ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX
Vannoy, Edward L ~ Maj, Pilot, TX

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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 Parents:
  Frank R Bemish (____ - 1948)
  Clara S Bemish (____ - 1958)
 
Burial:
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: SECTION 79 SITE 426C-D
 
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Jul 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40051962
1LT Louis J Bemish
Added by: Kevin Lane
 
1LT Louis J Bemish
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Monroe County, New York...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Nov. 5, 2016
Your grave in Mother of Sorrows is well kept and I will continue as long as I am able. You were my mothers first husband and so you are family to me also.
- Betsyw
 Added: Aug. 28, 2014
Lt. Bemish was an employee of Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY prior to his service in WW-II. This bouquet was placed in his memory on behalf of the members of Kodak VetNet.
- mr5by5
 Added: Jul. 11, 2012
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