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Ens Clarence Jack Milner

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Ens Clarence "Jack" Milner

Birth
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death
6 May 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 - United States Navy - Lost at Sea
Memorial ID
56784296 View Source

He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City in 1935.

Clarence Jack Milner (21, 21 November 1918, Salt Lake City, Utah), a resident of 150 North Main St., Apartment 21, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City County, Utah, signed up for his World War II Draft Registration Card (Serial No. 701, Order No. 1785) on 16 October 1940 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City County, Utah. He was employed by the Mountain States Tel. and Tel. Company. Clarence listed his fiance, Miss Pearl Louise Cutler, as the person who would always know his address. He was described as 5' 10" in height, 150 lbs., with a dark brown complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

Jack Milner married Pearl Louise Cutler (high school classmates). They had one daughter, Patricia Diane Milner Newhouse (Jul 1943).

Clarence Jack Milner enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps (S/N 6601130) on 04 January 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In May 1942, C. Jack Milner was a gunner in the U.S. Navy stationed in Hawaii.

The Navy saw the potential in him and he was sent to Athens, Georgia as an Aviation Cadet.

Naval Aviation Cadet Heads Battalion

Naval Aviation Cadet Clarence Jack Milner, 1008 East Seventeenth South street, has been chosen commander of the third battalion of the U.S. navy pre flight school at Athens, Ga.

Cadet Milner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Milner will be in charge of 445 men, handling all formations, drill and marching. He is commanding officer of the battalion, responsible for cadet discipline. Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Tuesday, 30 March 1943, page 22.

He was commissioned Ensign (S/N 0-329570) and received his pilot's wings 03 January 1944 at Pensacola, Florida in the Naval Air Corps. As A-V (G) he was a commissioned aviation officer, holding designation as a naval aviator, qualified for general detail afloat or ashore.

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Lt Leland Pelletreau “Mac” McCutcheon
BIRTH 29 Jun 1920
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
DEATH 22 Jul 1945 (aged 25)
At Sea
BURIAL
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
PLOT Tablets of the Missing - United States Navy - Lost at Sea
MEMORIAL ID 56756677 · View Source

MEMORIAL
PHOTOS 4
FLOWERS 1
Leland Pelletreau McCutcheon (21, 29 June 1920, Berkeley, California), a resident of 1720 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Berkeley, Alameda County, California, signed up for his World War II Draft Registration Card (Serial No. S-65, Order No. S-1655) on 01 July 1941 in Berkeley, Alameda, California. He was a student and employed by Miller Wood Product Company (part time). Leland listed his mother, Mrs. Leland McCutcheon, as the person who would always know his address. He was described as 6' in height, 170 lbs., with a light complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair.

Leland attended San Francisco Junior College.

Leland P. McCutcheon enlisted in the U.S. Navy (S/N 4136941) on 07 November 1941 in San Francisco, California. On 18 March 1942 he became an Aviation Cadet (S/N 0-130197) at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

"Another local boy to receive his commission as ensign is Leland P. McCutcheon, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. McCutcheon, 1720 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Berkeley. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi." Source: Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), Sunday, 18 October 1942, page 18.

He was stationed overseas from April 1943 - September 1944.

He was assigned back States side when he married Marie Isabella Ryberg on 05 September 1944 in Berkeley, California.

"Miss Ryberg Weds Officer
Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley, was the scene of the Tuesday evening ceremony at which time Miss Marie Ryberg became the bride of Lieut. (jg) Leland McCutcheon, U.S.N.R., with the Rev. Laurance L. Cross officiating.

The bride, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Ryberg of Vincente Avenue, was a student at the University of California. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Lieutenant McCutcheon, son of Mr. and Mrs. McCutcheon, Sr., of Thousand Oaks Boulevard attended San Francisco Junior College before entering the service. He has served 18 months in the South Pacific and was in the East only recently. As he expects to be stationed in Merced, that city will in all probability be their home.

In the bridal party were Miss Thurid Behrens, Mrs. Jeffry Smith and Mrs. Beverly McCutcheon, sister of the bridegroom. Lieut. (jg) Bob Sinley, U.S.N.R., was best man and brother officer of the bridegroom who seated the guests." Source: Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), Sunday, 10 September 1944, page 34.

In 1944 Ensign Milner was assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 118 (VPB-118). VPB-118 was commissioned at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, on 01 July 1944. After training in California (Naval Auxiliary Naval Air Station, Crow's Landing, San Joaquin Valley) his unit was deployed to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii in November 1944. VPB-118 was the first squadron to fly the PB4Y-2 or “Privateer” — in fact they trained on the Privateer before the existence of the plane was officially announced.

On January 06, VPB-118 departed Kaneohe via Johnson, Kwajalein and Eniwetok Islands to Tinian Island, Marianas Islands. Between 10 January and 22 April 1945 the squadron, based at Tinian Island, Marianas Islands, did patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE. The squadron began flying thousand-mile sector patrols from Tinian in the direction of Japan, Okinawa, and the Philippines. Commonly these flights would last 14 hours - take-off at dawn, return landing after dark. They must have flown in BuNo 59383 "Torchy Tess" for a while as the crew picture (Crew 3 of VPB-118) and one of him in the cockpit are of that plane.

On 22 April 1945 VPB-118 moved to Yonten Airfield, Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto and continued patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE Operations Plan 2-45.
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On 25 April 1945, Patrol Bombing Squadron 118 (VPB-118) acquired PB4Y-2 with Bureau No. 59449 – the "Vulnerable Virgin" from CASU (F)–35. They were based at Yonten Airfield, Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto and did patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE Operations Plan 2-45. Ensign Jack Milner was the co-pilot aboard Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer (BuNo 59449).

On 26 April 1945, Lieut. (jg) LASATER and crew, in a coordinated attack with Lieut. (jg) H. J. THOMPSON and crew, strafed and bombed a 6000 ton Fox Tare Charlie along the west coast of Kyushu, Japan. Coming in low in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, they left the ship burning, dead in the water and listing badly when they broke off the attack because of heavy damage to the plane. This was the first blow struck by the squadron in the aerial blockade of Japanese home waters.

The 29th of April found LASATER on the prowl again; this time flying on Lieut. E. A. LUEHMAN'S wing. Attacking a 6000 ton Sugar Baker, they left it burning and dead in the water.

On 01 May 1945, Lieutenant (jg) ALLAN LASATER, PPC, and Lt. E. A. LUEHMAN, PPC, and respective crews, were at it again, in a Korean harbor they sighted three merchant vessels and two DD's, and a fourth merchantman just outside of the harbor making for the sanctuary. They bombed and strafed the Fox Baker Love immediately off shore from the southwestern tip of Korea, sinking it. ("R.E. MILLER, AOM3c, of Franklin, Ohio scored a direct hit amidships sending the 6000 ton ship to the bottom"). A few minutes later the same planes strafed a 10,000 Fox Tare Able, eleven (11) miles farther south slightly damaging the ship.

On 06 May 1945, Lieutenant M. V. MONTGOMERY, PPC, and Lt. (jg) "J" ALLEN LASATER, PPC, and crews in coordinated attacks, strafed and seriously damaged a fifty (50) foot fishing vessel ten (10) miles west of Saishu-To, bombed and sank a 3000 ton Sugar Able Sugar in the Yellow Sea about thirty (30) miles off shore from the Western Coast of Southern Korea, and strafed, blew-up, and sunk a 10000 ton freighter in the Yellow Sea near the Western Coast of Southern Korea.

The Sugar Able Sugar exploded just as Lieutenant MONTGOMERY's plane was approaching over it on a strafing run. The plane was damaged to such an extent that Lieutenant MONTGOMERY was forced to return to base immediately.

Lt. (jg) LASATER chose to continue on with the patrol and after minor radio contact was never seen or heard from again. He and his entire crew were presumed to have been lost. They were listed as missing in action.
Source: SQUADRON HISTORY - Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen, pages 1-5; WWII War Diaries - VPB-118, 1 April 1945 - 31 May 1945.
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"The squadron tightened the aerial blockade of Japanese home waters even more on the sixth of May when they put eight planes in the air, which was an exceptional record considering the fact that spare parts were scarce, many planes had suffered battle damage previously, CASU was shorthanded and much of the maintenance work was done by the flight crews themselves, air raids were frequent and usually lasted continuously from dusk to dawn and the gassing had to be done during the lulls in the enemy raids. The take off was necessarily postponed until just after the last dawn "all clear" had sounded. On the sixth MONTGOMERY and LASATER were the first section off to patrol the center section of the area off the southern coast of Korea. Their first target was a small tanker making for the harbor in which two destroyers and a DE were anchored. Despite A/A fire from the warships, MONTGOMERY made a run and scored a direct hit amidships at the waterline causing the ship to sink. Their next target was a 3000 ton freighter. LASATER made the first run on this one but his bomb drop was over the target; then MONTGOMERY came in for his run all guns blazing away. Just as he was about to drop, the ship exploded flinging debris high into the air. The bomb was a little short and skidded under the ship before exploding. The vessel sank rapidly. MONTGOMERY then surveyed the damage to his plane: number one engine was out, the bombardier's window had been smashed, the leading edge of the wing and the tail surfaces looked as if some one had used an axe on them, there was about 20 feet of the ship's hawser draped over the port wing and the king post strap was imbedded in the starboard wing. He turned homeward, but the other plane chose to continue on the patrol. That was the last anyone ever saw of LASATER, his plane or his gallant crew." Source: SQUADRON HISTORY - Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen, pages 6-7
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Ensign Clarence "Jack" Milner was officially declared dead on 07 May 1946 - one year and one day after he went missing.

He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing - United States Navy at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. He also has a cenotaph in Memory Grove Memorial Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

His widow, Louise Cutler Milner remarried on 13 September 1946 to Joel Nielsen.

He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City in 1935.

Clarence Jack Milner (21, 21 November 1918, Salt Lake City, Utah), a resident of 150 North Main St., Apartment 21, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City County, Utah, signed up for his World War II Draft Registration Card (Serial No. 701, Order No. 1785) on 16 October 1940 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City County, Utah. He was employed by the Mountain States Tel. and Tel. Company. Clarence listed his fiance, Miss Pearl Louise Cutler, as the person who would always know his address. He was described as 5' 10" in height, 150 lbs., with a dark brown complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

Jack Milner married Pearl Louise Cutler (high school classmates). They had one daughter, Patricia Diane Milner Newhouse (Jul 1943).

Clarence Jack Milner enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps (S/N 6601130) on 04 January 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In May 1942, C. Jack Milner was a gunner in the U.S. Navy stationed in Hawaii.

The Navy saw the potential in him and he was sent to Athens, Georgia as an Aviation Cadet.

Naval Aviation Cadet Heads Battalion

Naval Aviation Cadet Clarence Jack Milner, 1008 East Seventeenth South street, has been chosen commander of the third battalion of the U.S. navy pre flight school at Athens, Ga.

Cadet Milner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Milner will be in charge of 445 men, handling all formations, drill and marching. He is commanding officer of the battalion, responsible for cadet discipline. Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Tuesday, 30 March 1943, page 22.

He was commissioned Ensign (S/N 0-329570) and received his pilot's wings 03 January 1944 at Pensacola, Florida in the Naval Air Corps. As A-V (G) he was a commissioned aviation officer, holding designation as a naval aviator, qualified for general detail afloat or ashore.

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Lt Leland Pelletreau “Mac” McCutcheon
BIRTH 29 Jun 1920
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
DEATH 22 Jul 1945 (aged 25)
At Sea
BURIAL
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
PLOT Tablets of the Missing - United States Navy - Lost at Sea
MEMORIAL ID 56756677 · View Source

MEMORIAL
PHOTOS 4
FLOWERS 1
Leland Pelletreau McCutcheon (21, 29 June 1920, Berkeley, California), a resident of 1720 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Berkeley, Alameda County, California, signed up for his World War II Draft Registration Card (Serial No. S-65, Order No. S-1655) on 01 July 1941 in Berkeley, Alameda, California. He was a student and employed by Miller Wood Product Company (part time). Leland listed his mother, Mrs. Leland McCutcheon, as the person who would always know his address. He was described as 6' in height, 170 lbs., with a light complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair.

Leland attended San Francisco Junior College.

Leland P. McCutcheon enlisted in the U.S. Navy (S/N 4136941) on 07 November 1941 in San Francisco, California. On 18 March 1942 he became an Aviation Cadet (S/N 0-130197) at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

"Another local boy to receive his commission as ensign is Leland P. McCutcheon, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. McCutcheon, 1720 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Berkeley. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi." Source: Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), Sunday, 18 October 1942, page 18.

He was stationed overseas from April 1943 - September 1944.

He was assigned back States side when he married Marie Isabella Ryberg on 05 September 1944 in Berkeley, California.

"Miss Ryberg Weds Officer
Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley, was the scene of the Tuesday evening ceremony at which time Miss Marie Ryberg became the bride of Lieut. (jg) Leland McCutcheon, U.S.N.R., with the Rev. Laurance L. Cross officiating.

The bride, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Ryberg of Vincente Avenue, was a student at the University of California. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Lieutenant McCutcheon, son of Mr. and Mrs. McCutcheon, Sr., of Thousand Oaks Boulevard attended San Francisco Junior College before entering the service. He has served 18 months in the South Pacific and was in the East only recently. As he expects to be stationed in Merced, that city will in all probability be their home.

In the bridal party were Miss Thurid Behrens, Mrs. Jeffry Smith and Mrs. Beverly McCutcheon, sister of the bridegroom. Lieut. (jg) Bob Sinley, U.S.N.R., was best man and brother officer of the bridegroom who seated the guests." Source: Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), Sunday, 10 September 1944, page 34.

In 1944 Ensign Milner was assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 118 (VPB-118). VPB-118 was commissioned at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, on 01 July 1944. After training in California (Naval Auxiliary Naval Air Station, Crow's Landing, San Joaquin Valley) his unit was deployed to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii in November 1944. VPB-118 was the first squadron to fly the PB4Y-2 or “Privateer” — in fact they trained on the Privateer before the existence of the plane was officially announced.

On January 06, VPB-118 departed Kaneohe via Johnson, Kwajalein and Eniwetok Islands to Tinian Island, Marianas Islands. Between 10 January and 22 April 1945 the squadron, based at Tinian Island, Marianas Islands, did patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE. The squadron began flying thousand-mile sector patrols from Tinian in the direction of Japan, Okinawa, and the Philippines. Commonly these flights would last 14 hours - take-off at dawn, return landing after dark. They must have flown in BuNo 59383 "Torchy Tess" for a while as the crew picture (Crew 3 of VPB-118) and one of him in the cockpit are of that plane.

On 22 April 1945 VPB-118 moved to Yonten Airfield, Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto and continued patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE Operations Plan 2-45.
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On 25 April 1945, Patrol Bombing Squadron 118 (VPB-118) acquired PB4Y-2 with Bureau No. 59449 – the "Vulnerable Virgin" from CASU (F)–35. They were based at Yonten Airfield, Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto and did patrol operations under Fleet Air Wing ONE Operations Plan 2-45. Ensign Jack Milner was the co-pilot aboard Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer (BuNo 59449).

On 26 April 1945, Lieut. (jg) LASATER and crew, in a coordinated attack with Lieut. (jg) H. J. THOMPSON and crew, strafed and bombed a 6000 ton Fox Tare Charlie along the west coast of Kyushu, Japan. Coming in low in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, they left the ship burning, dead in the water and listing badly when they broke off the attack because of heavy damage to the plane. This was the first blow struck by the squadron in the aerial blockade of Japanese home waters.

The 29th of April found LASATER on the prowl again; this time flying on Lieut. E. A. LUEHMAN'S wing. Attacking a 6000 ton Sugar Baker, they left it burning and dead in the water.

On 01 May 1945, Lieutenant (jg) ALLAN LASATER, PPC, and Lt. E. A. LUEHMAN, PPC, and respective crews, were at it again, in a Korean harbor they sighted three merchant vessels and two DD's, and a fourth merchantman just outside of the harbor making for the sanctuary. They bombed and strafed the Fox Baker Love immediately off shore from the southwestern tip of Korea, sinking it. ("R.E. MILLER, AOM3c, of Franklin, Ohio scored a direct hit amidships sending the 6000 ton ship to the bottom"). A few minutes later the same planes strafed a 10,000 Fox Tare Able, eleven (11) miles farther south slightly damaging the ship.

On 06 May 1945, Lieutenant M. V. MONTGOMERY, PPC, and Lt. (jg) "J" ALLEN LASATER, PPC, and crews in coordinated attacks, strafed and seriously damaged a fifty (50) foot fishing vessel ten (10) miles west of Saishu-To, bombed and sank a 3000 ton Sugar Able Sugar in the Yellow Sea about thirty (30) miles off shore from the Western Coast of Southern Korea, and strafed, blew-up, and sunk a 10000 ton freighter in the Yellow Sea near the Western Coast of Southern Korea.

The Sugar Able Sugar exploded just as Lieutenant MONTGOMERY's plane was approaching over it on a strafing run. The plane was damaged to such an extent that Lieutenant MONTGOMERY was forced to return to base immediately.

Lt. (jg) LASATER chose to continue on with the patrol and after minor radio contact was never seen or heard from again. He and his entire crew were presumed to have been lost. They were listed as missing in action.
Source: SQUADRON HISTORY - Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen, pages 1-5; WWII War Diaries - VPB-118, 1 April 1945 - 31 May 1945.
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"The squadron tightened the aerial blockade of Japanese home waters even more on the sixth of May when they put eight planes in the air, which was an exceptional record considering the fact that spare parts were scarce, many planes had suffered battle damage previously, CASU was shorthanded and much of the maintenance work was done by the flight crews themselves, air raids were frequent and usually lasted continuously from dusk to dawn and the gassing had to be done during the lulls in the enemy raids. The take off was necessarily postponed until just after the last dawn "all clear" had sounded. On the sixth MONTGOMERY and LASATER were the first section off to patrol the center section of the area off the southern coast of Korea. Their first target was a small tanker making for the harbor in which two destroyers and a DE were anchored. Despite A/A fire from the warships, MONTGOMERY made a run and scored a direct hit amidships at the waterline causing the ship to sink. Their next target was a 3000 ton freighter. LASATER made the first run on this one but his bomb drop was over the target; then MONTGOMERY came in for his run all guns blazing away. Just as he was about to drop, the ship exploded flinging debris high into the air. The bomb was a little short and skidded under the ship before exploding. The vessel sank rapidly. MONTGOMERY then surveyed the damage to his plane: number one engine was out, the bombardier's window had been smashed, the leading edge of the wing and the tail surfaces looked as if some one had used an axe on them, there was about 20 feet of the ship's hawser draped over the port wing and the king post strap was imbedded in the starboard wing. He turned homeward, but the other plane chose to continue on the patrol. That was the last anyone ever saw of LASATER, his plane or his gallant crew." Source: SQUADRON HISTORY - Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen, pages 6-7
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Ensign Clarence "Jack" Milner was officially declared dead on 07 May 1946 - one year and one day after he went missing.

He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing - United States Navy at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. He also has a cenotaph in Memory Grove Memorial Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

His widow, Louise Cutler Milner remarried on 13 September 1946 to Joel Nielsen.

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