Maj Marion Ryan McCown, Jr

Maj Marion Ryan McCown, Jr

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 20 Jan 1944 (aged 27)
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Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 32286559 · View Source
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Major Marion R. McCown Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, of Charleston, S.C. He was the son of Marion Ryan and Grace Emily (Aimar) McCown, Sr. and only brother of Blanche and Claudia. Marion grew up in South Carolina, exploring the salt water marshes, participating in the Boy Scouts organization and was a Golden Gloves boxer. He got his pilot's license while studying at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Marion joined the United States Marine Corps when the country was drawn into WWII. Stationed at Vella Lavella on the Western edge of the Solomon Islands, he was part of the Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-321, "The Hell's Angel's", and he assisted in the downing of over 39 Japanese aircraft. On January 20, 1944, McCown was the pilot of an F-4U Corsair aircraft that failed to return from a combat mission over Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In 1991, a team excavated the crash site and Marion's identification tag and some remains were found. More remains were recovered between the years 2001-2008. He was positively identified in late 2008 and he was returned home to his family for burial. He was laid to rest next to his mother, sister, and grandparents on January 18, 2009.

Major McCown was declared dead on January 16, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Sue
  • Added: 19 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32286559
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Marion Ryan McCown, Jr (14 Jan 1917–20 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32286559, citing Unitarian Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .