SSGT Clifford Donally Garrabrant

SSGT Clifford Donally Garrabrant

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 5 Sep 1942 (aged 22)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56755508 · View Source
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The Covina Argus, 17 August 1945:
Takes Last Flight.
Clifford D. Garrabrant.
A staff Sergeant in the marines, Clifford Donald[sic] Barrrabrant[sic] has not been heard of since one of the early engagements in the Solomon islands area. In a letter before the news came that he was missing, he spoke of the "big push" just about to be made.
He never returned from this engagement.
A graduate of Covina high school he enlisted in 1939. A letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert D. Garrabrant said that Don was in one of the ten planes which were ordered to intercept Zero fighters on Guadalcanal. As they took off, the major saw that Don had been unable to start his plane. It was ascertained that Don took off five minutes behind the other planes. No one heard anything of Don over the radio, nor did anyone see him join the squadron during the flight. He was recommended for the distinguished flying cross

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Missing Marines: Clifford Donally Garrabrant; nickname, Don; MCSN [Marine Corps Service Number] 273030; home of record, 242 North Newlin Street, Whittier, CA; next of kin, wife, Mrs. Lillian Arvilla GAndy Garrabrant; date of birth, December 9, 1919; date of enlistment, July 3, 1939; date of loss, September 5, 1942; getion, Solomons; campaign/area, Guadalcanal; casualty type, MIA (Declared Dead) September 6, 1943; unit, VMF-224; duty, pilot. Circumstances of Loss: Staff Sergeant Garrabrant was a pilot flyinig with VMF-224, part of the Cactus Air Force based out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. On the afternoon of 5 September 1942, his squadron scrambled to intercept a Japanese bombing raid. Garrabrant's aircraft (F4F-4 BuNo 5096) failed to start; after five minutes of frantic struggling with the engine, Garrabrant finally took off alone. He was last seen in action with enemy fighters, and failed to return to base. Garrabrant was officially declared dead on 6 September 1943. Individual decorations, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart; last known rank, Staff Sergeant; status of remains, not recovered; memorials, Manila American Cemetery.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56755508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Clifford Donally Garrabrant (9 Dec 1919–5 Sep 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56755508, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .