Edward Adley Calhoun

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Edward Adley Calhoun

Death 4 Aug 1945 (aged 19)
Burial Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Lot 1902 Grave 3
Memorial ID 62946697 View Source
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Edward Adley Calhoun was born on October 18, 1925 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the son of Noel Alexander Calhoun and Mildred Edna Davis Calhoun. He attended McKeesport high school and Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics. He was inducted into the service on December 11, 1943 receiving his boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He attended radio school in Memphis, Tennessee and gunnery school in Jacksonville, Florida. He trained at Banana River Naval Station in Florida at NAS San Diego, California and in Hawaii. He and his crew became part of Patrol Bombing Squadron 20 stationed on the island of Tawi Tawi in the Philippines.

Eddie was an aviation radioman and kept his aircraft in touch with the squadron by means of voice radio and Morse code. He also assisted as a gunner on the aircraft's 50 mm guns.

On June 4th, 1945 Edward and his crew plus two riders from the USS Pokomoke set out on what they thought would be a routine 12 hour patrol. While attacking two Japanese merchant ships, his plane received antiaircraft fire from a war ship causing severe damage. The pilot made an emergency landing near the island of Celebes, now known as Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The crew went ashore and the following day engaged the Japanese land forces in an all day battle. The following day Eddie was taken prisoner along with his skipper, the co-pilot and two other enlisted men in the crew. The co-pilot died a few days later. The remaining men were held captive for two months then beheaded by their Japanese captors just ten days before the end of the war.

After the war Edward's body was returned to the United States and was buried on June 5, 1948 at Mount Vernon Cemetery in McKeesport.