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Capt Kenneth Porter Moxley

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Capt Kenneth Porter Moxley

Birth
Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Death Jun 1986 (aged 74)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot 2-H, Column 14, Niche 3
Memorial ID 35516987 View Source
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Kenneth Moxley's parents were Thomas K and Edna (Walton) Moxley. His wife was Dorothy Moxley. He spent his early life in Indiana, and on his World War II registration papers listed his occupation before the war as an actor. Kenneth enlisted in 1941 into the Air Corps.

On May 1, 1943 Moxley was the navigator on B-24D #41-42513 serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of an eight plane mission to bomb Japanese cargo ships in the harbor at Rangoon, Burma. Immediately after dropping their bombs they were attacked by enemy fighter planes, knocking out two engines and wounding four of the crew. Their plane fell out of formation and the fighters continued their attacks until the bomber was able to lose them in cloud cover.

Approximately an hour later they were finally unable to keep the plane in the air and crash landed in a rice paddy northwest of Bassein, Burma. By this point three of the crew had died of their wounds. The remaining crew set out on foot through the jungle in hopes of reaching India. They were attacked by Japanese patrols three time over the following week (one crewman was killed) before finally being captured and taken to Rangoon Central Jail. Moxley remained a prisoner until the war ended.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain prior to retiring in June 1950. He moved to Florida towards the end of his life, and in December 1985, a few months before his death, he married his second wife, Virginia Chambliss.


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  • Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 4 Apr 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 35516987
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/35516987/kenneth-porter-moxley : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Kenneth Porter Moxley (22 Apr 1912–Jun 1986), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35516987, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .