Capt Bruce Charles Pelto

Capt Bruce Charles Pelto

Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
Death 3 Dec 1942 (aged 22–23)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56773716 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 4, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom..

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Son of Peter B. Pelto who resided in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bruce served as a Captain and Pilot in a TBF Avenger, VMSB-131, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific area.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war. When he enlisted he noted that he was born in Maryland instead of Michigan which is noted above.

Bruce was declared "Missing In Action" during a combat flight in the Battle of Guadalcanal during the war.

He was awarded a "Distinguished Flying Cross" and a Purple Heart.

Service # O-008048

Radio Operator/Gunner Corp Vernon Leroy Goodwin was also declared "Missing" in this flight.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to: Sgt for providing more info on this flight!


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56773716
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Bruce Charles Pelto (1919–3 Dec 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56773716, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .