Capt Paul S Rutledge

Capt Paul S Rutledge

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 14 Oct 1942 (aged 24)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing - U.S.M.C.
Memorial ID 56785239 · View Source
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Second Lieutenant Paul “King Kong” Rutledge, a fighter pilot assigned to VMF-121, arrived at Guadalcanal’s Henderson Field on 6 October 1942.

On 14 October, after a sleepless night under the guns of a pair of Japanese battleships, the Cactus Air Force went out looking for revenge. They attacked force of enemy destroyers and transports south of Santa Isabel Island that evening, bombing and strafing in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire.

Second Lieutenant Rutledge fell victim to enemy action during the attack; none of his buddies saw his aircraft go down. He was declared missing in action, and a presumptive finding of death was issued on 19 February 1945.

Purple Heart

Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain.

Mother, Mrs. Edna G. Bolman

Entered Service May 19, 1941
Date of Loss October 14, 1942
Region Solomons
Campaign/Area Guadalcanal/Santa Isabel Island
Casualty Type MIA (Declared Dead) 19 February 1945
Unit VMF-121 Duty Pilot

Contributor: Glenn Perry (47718834)

Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Washington.


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56785239
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Paul S Rutledge (27 Jun 1918–14 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56785239, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .