1LT George Philip Gaffney Jr.

1LT George Philip Gaffney Jr.

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 11 Mar 1944 (aged 23)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 66, SITE 5619
Memorial ID 676390 · View Source
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Husband of Ruth Christensen Gaffney.

Father of Patricia Susan Gaffney Kindig.

George served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on P-47D #42-22896, 41st Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Dane County, Wisconsin prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 26, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Telephone operator and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married after his enlistment.

George was first declared "Missing In Action" when he did not return from a mission to his base at Gusap Airfield during the war. He had crashed, as it was later discovered, near Sawan village in the Finisterre Mountains.

George's remains were found in 1998 and recovered and identified in 1999. He was interred here in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

He also has a "Cenotaph" at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines where a "Rosette" was placed in front of his name to signify that his remains were recovered.
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He also has another "Cenotaph" with his parents in the Resurrection Cemetery, Montebello, California.
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He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-687424

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: The Cemetery Lady
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 676390
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT George Philip Gaffney Jr. (8 Feb 1921–11 Mar 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 676390, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by The Cemetery Lady (contributor 47893478) .