|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1946|
Eight men lost their lives in a OA-10 (PBY-A) crash one half mile off O'ahu, Territory of Hawaii. They include the crew and two soldiers getting a transport ride. Although the crash was observed and rescue efforts were launched immediately, no bodies were ever recovered.
Crew, 7th Emergency Rescue Squadron:
1st Lt Harris Kamis
2nd Lt Benjamin F Colson
2nd Lt Vincent G Badolato
Sgt Stanley R Kelley
Cpl Bedford K Metzger Jr
Pfc Riego C Miguel
1st Sgt Joseph G Ritchie
Pfc Richard K Albert
Joseph's World War II Army Enlistment Record is confirmed by his Service Number. His birth year is given as 1908 in Virginia. He resided in Essex County, New Jersey and enlisted November 29, 1945 as a First Sergeant, though the enlistment place is uncoded. He was married in 1945 and worked in transportation as a "ticket, station, or express agent". His origin was "National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge". There's a notation, "Enlistment for Hawaiian Department".
* Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records); "Ritchie, Joseph G, ASN 6710622"; database found online at the National Archives Records Administration (NARA).
* Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, August 9, 1946, page 1, banner headline article.
* Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Tuesday, August 20, 1946, page 1, headline article.
* Kamis, Harris - Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF), US Army Human Resources Command.
* Kamis, Harris - Report of Major Accident, HQ Air Force Historical Research Agency.
* News item carried in numerous newspapers across the United States on August 8 or August 9, 1946, seen on NewspaperArchive.
* American Battle Monuments Commission, "World War II database".
Note: Entered the service from New Jersey.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: seekerJay
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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