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2LT Reid Stanley Aaron

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2LT Reid Stanley Aaron

Birth
Martinsville, Martinsville City, Virginia, USA
Death
21 Jan 1945 (aged 26)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID
56780797 View Source

Son of John Reid Aaron and Jessie Robert Stanley Aaron

2LT Aaron was a member of the 48th Material Squadran, 27th Bombardment Group, V Bomber Command, Army Air Corps assigned to the Philippines, Bataan and Luzon.

Activated on 1 Feb 1940, the 27th Bombardment Group sailed for the Philippine Islands on 1 Nov 1941 and arrived at Fort William McKinley, Manila on 20 Nov, 1941. The group's planes (A-24's), which had not arrived by 7 Dec, were diverted to Australia after the Japanese attack on the Philippines. The group's commander and 20 pilots who were flown from Luzon to Australia to get the aircraft, but did not return because of the deterioration of the situation in the Philippines.

The personnel of the 27th remained, which included 2LT Aaron, were formed into the 2nd Provisional Infantry Regiment and served as infantrymen on Bataan. The entire unit was taken captive and forced to endure the Bataan Death March. Of the 880 or so Airmen who were taken, less than half survived captivity.

Records indicate 2nd LT Aaron was taken prisoner by the Japanese and held in captivity in the Philippines. No specific prisoner of war camp is mentioned. When the U.S. were conducting operations to regain control of Manila and other outer areas during January to March, 1945, the Japanese either executed their prisoners or loaded as many as they could on transports, and removed them elsewhere. Records indicate 2LT Aaron was either executed trying to escape or may have died in transport from Olongapo to San Fernando, PI when the ship he was traveling on was sunk by U.S. forces.

2LT Reid S Aaron was killed on 21 Jan 1945 and is the recipient of Purple Heart Medal

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Entered the service from Virginia.

Son of John Reid Aaron and Jessie Robert Stanley Aaron

2LT Aaron was a member of the 48th Material Squadran, 27th Bombardment Group, V Bomber Command, Army Air Corps assigned to the Philippines, Bataan and Luzon.

Activated on 1 Feb 1940, the 27th Bombardment Group sailed for the Philippine Islands on 1 Nov 1941 and arrived at Fort William McKinley, Manila on 20 Nov, 1941. The group's planes (A-24's), which had not arrived by 7 Dec, were diverted to Australia after the Japanese attack on the Philippines. The group's commander and 20 pilots who were flown from Luzon to Australia to get the aircraft, but did not return because of the deterioration of the situation in the Philippines.

The personnel of the 27th remained, which included 2LT Aaron, were formed into the 2nd Provisional Infantry Regiment and served as infantrymen on Bataan. The entire unit was taken captive and forced to endure the Bataan Death March. Of the 880 or so Airmen who were taken, less than half survived captivity.

Records indicate 2nd LT Aaron was taken prisoner by the Japanese and held in captivity in the Philippines. No specific prisoner of war camp is mentioned. When the U.S. were conducting operations to regain control of Manila and other outer areas during January to March, 1945, the Japanese either executed their prisoners or loaded as many as they could on transports, and removed them elsewhere. Records indicate 2LT Aaron was either executed trying to escape or may have died in transport from Olongapo to San Fernando, PI when the ship he was traveling on was sunk by U.S. forces.

2LT Reid S Aaron was killed on 21 Jan 1945 and is the recipient of Purple Heart Medal

~

Entered the service from Virginia.


Inscription

48th Materiel Squadron
5th Air Base Group
US Army Air Forces
World War II
Missing in Action
Awards:
World War II Victory Medal
Purple Heart


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  • Maintained by: Rick Ervin
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56780797
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56780797/reid-stanley-aaron: accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Reid Stanley Aaron (14 Oct 1918–21 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56780797, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by Rick Ervin (contributor 48293905) .