Frees

 

S/Sgt. Henry Nelson Frees Jr.


Born: 23 July 1915 - Duluth, Minnesota

Parents: Henry N. Frees Sr. & Blanche Sawtelle-Frees

Home:

    - 411 North Second Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Siblings: 3 brothers

Education:

    - Lincoln Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1935

    - Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois

Wife: Elenore

Inducted:

    - Unknown

        - U.S. Army Air Corps

Serial Number: 16079249

Training: 

    - University of Miami

    - Scott Field, Illinois

    - Selman Field, Louisiana

    - Clovis Field, New Mexico

Duty: Radioman

Unit: 

    - 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing,  40th Bombardment Group, 45th Bomb Squadron,(Very Heavy)

    - 25 missions over China, Burma, India, Japan

Died:

    - 30 August 1945

    - plane was on POW food drop mission 

    - plane wing clipped mountain  

    - plane crashed into Mount Sobo while carrying supplies to be dropped to liberated

       POWs in Miyata Camp #12, Japan 

    - since crash site initially could not be located crew was listed as "Missing"

Buried:

    - Yokohama Military Cemetery

        - crew initially buried there after crash site was found

            - Frees' family requested his remains be returned to the United States 

Reburied:

    - Rock Island National Cemetery - Rock Island, Illinois

        - Section: E   Site: 191

Medals:

    - Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

    - Purple Heart

    - Three Presidential Unit Citations

    - Distinguished Flying Cross


 

 

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