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 John James Brown

John James Brown

Death 19 Nov 1943 (aged 30)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 81 Site 286
Memorial ID 40058823 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Owen J. Brown.

John served as a Yeoman First Class, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

John died in the "Line Of Duty" as a passenger on Naval Airplane R4D1, Bureau #01988, U.S. Navy when the plane crashed into the side of a mountain near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the war.

He was originally interred in the Marui Cemetery, Niteroi, Brazil on November 21, 1943. His remains were later moved to the Fort Buchanan Cemetery, San Juan, Puerto Rico and then were later repatriated here on May 3, 1948.

Service # 4008485

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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News Article:

San Antonio Express, San Antonia, Texas, Monday Morning, November 22, 1943, Front Page:

Naval Plane Crashes, Kills 17 Americans

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21--Sixteen navy officers and men were among the 18 persons killed in the crash of a large U.S. naval transport plane 30 miles east of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, the navy reported tonight.

The other victims were an American civilian engineer and a Brazilian.

The plane burst into flames after the crash, the navy reported, adding that the cause of the accident was not known. Previously it had been announced from Rio that the crash occurred while the plane was en route from Recife to Rio in a fog.

Bodies of the 17 Americans were buried today in Marui Cemetery at Niteroi, in accordance with local laws, the navy said.

The list of casualties as announced by the navy, follows:

Bartholome, John:
Ensign, Co-Pilot, Great Falls, Montana
Rogan, John K:
Shore Patrol First Class, Chicago, Illinois
Sherman, Gilmore:
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class, North Adams, MA
States, Kenneth R:
Lieutenant, Plane Commander, Ely, Nevada

The passengers included:

Aveyard, Leon T:
Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class, Dayton, Ohio
Brown, John J:
Yeoman First Class, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Buglion, John D:
Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class, Long Island, NY
Clark, Marshall W, Jr:
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Oxford, Nebraska
Dean, James P:
Lieutenant Junior Grade, Cincinnati, Ohio
Destefano, Americo:
Brazilian employee of Servix Company
Fuller, Donald C:
Aviation Radioman Second Class, West Monroe, LA
Gilmore, Harold R M:
Lieutenant Commander, Long Beach, California
Harrison, Leslie Roth:
American civilian engineer, from Recife, Brazil
McConnell, Robert C:
Lieutenant Junior Grade, Omaha, Nebraska
Morgan, Roland J:
Ensign, Lexington, Nebraska
O'Brien, Richard G:
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Brooklyn, New York
Rowland, James B:
Ensign, Shreveport, Louisiana
Zachman, Eugene C:
Lieutenant Commander, North Arlington, Virginia

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

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





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