O'Neal

 

2nd Lt. James Lowell O'Neal


Born: 17 May 1918 - West Frankfort, Illinois

Parents: Charles & Anna O'Neal

Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother

Home:

    - 212 South Eleventh Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

         - family moved to Proviso Township in 1926

Education:

    - Washington Grade School, Maywood, Illinois

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1936

Occupation:

    - Chief Payroll Clerk - American Can Company

Enlisted:

    - U.S. Army Air Corps

        - 15 April 1942

            - attended Officer Candidate School

Serial Number: O&699844

Training: 

    - Brooks Field, Texas

    - Waco Field, Ohio

Unit: 374th Bomb Squadron, 308th Bomb Group (Heavy)

Stationed:

    - Chengkung, China - 20 March 1943

        - replacement

Plane: B-24 Liberator

Engagements:

    - numerous missions over China and Japan

Killed in Action:

    - 26 October 1944

        - His plane was damaged by Japanese fire.  James chose to stay with pilot and

           bombardier in attempt to land plane.  Bombardier could not bailout since his

           parachute had been damaged by enemy fire.

Buried:

      -  National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific- Honolulu, Hawaii

          - Plot: Q   Grave: 154

Medals:

    - Air Medal / Oak Leaf Cluster

    - Distinguished Flying Cross

    - Purple Heart

    - Silver Star


 

 

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