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CPT Sigurd J. Simonson

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CPT Sigurd J. Simonson Veteran

Birth
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death
30 May 1945 (aged 25)
Davao, Philippines
Burial
Denver, City and County of Denver, Colorado, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION N SITE 38
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Marine Capt. Sigurd J. Simonson was assigned as a Transport Pilot with Marine Air Group 24, MAGSZAM, Moret Field, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. He was a friend of 1st. Lt. Donald C. Sculati, who was assigned to Marine Bombing Squadron VMB-611 as a PBJ-1 (B-25) co-pilot. Lt. Sculati flew as a crewmember under command of 1st. Lt. Doit L. Fish. Having never participated in a combat mission, Simonson requested to participate as an observer in Lt. Fish's PBJ-1 flight on May 30, 1945.

Capt. Simonson was reported missing in action on May 30, 1945 while on a regularly scheduled combat strike against enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail area near Davao, Mindanao. Word was received that Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Sarles' PBJ was missing, so the flight began a search of the area, but to no avail. Then the flight began making runs on the target when Lt. Fish's PBJ became missing. All efforts to locate Lt. Fish's aircraft and its occupants were unsuccessful and the crew was declared MIA.

Lt. Fish's aircraft wreckage and crew skeletal remains were found on November 16, 1956 in the area the plane was reported missing. Although individual identification was impossible, it was confirmed that the remains were of Lt. Fish and his crew. A group burial of the eight Marines, with full military honors, was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO on July 15, 1957.

Marine Capt. Sigurd J. Simonson was assigned as a Transport Pilot with Marine Air Group 24, MAGSZAM, Moret Field, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. He was a friend of 1st. Lt. Donald C. Sculati, who was assigned to Marine Bombing Squadron VMB-611 as a PBJ-1 (B-25) co-pilot. Lt. Sculati flew as a crewmember under command of 1st. Lt. Doit L. Fish. Having never participated in a combat mission, Simonson requested to participate as an observer in Lt. Fish's PBJ-1 flight on May 30, 1945.

Capt. Simonson was reported missing in action on May 30, 1945 while on a regularly scheduled combat strike against enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail area near Davao, Mindanao. Word was received that Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Sarles' PBJ was missing, so the flight began a search of the area, but to no avail. Then the flight began making runs on the target when Lt. Fish's PBJ became missing. All efforts to locate Lt. Fish's aircraft and its occupants were unsuccessful and the crew was declared MIA.

Lt. Fish's aircraft wreckage and crew skeletal remains were found on November 16, 1956 in the area the plane was reported missing. Although individual identification was impossible, it was confirmed that the remains were of Lt. Fish and his crew. A group burial of the eight Marines, with full military honors, was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO on July 15, 1957.



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  • Created by: David Fish
  • Added: Dec 14, 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23399577/sigurd_j-simonson: accessed ), memorial page for CPT Sigurd J. Simonson (20 Apr 1920–30 May 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23399577, citing Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, City and County of Denver, Colorado, USA; Maintained by David Fish (contributor 46959058).