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Frees, S/Sgt. Henry N. Jr.

Last updated on October 26, 2021

S/Sgt. Henry Nelson Frees Jr. 
Born: 23 July 1915 – Duluth, Minnesota 
Parents: Henry N. Frees Sr. and Blanche Sawtelle-Frees 
– 411 North Second Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
Siblings: 3 brothers 
– Lincoln Grade School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1935 
– Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois  
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: Blanche Frees – mother
Wife: Elenore 
– Unknown 
– U.S. Army Air Corps 
Serial Number: 16079249 
– University of Miami 
– Scott Field, Illinois 
– Selman Field, Louisiana 
– navigator training
– Clovis Field, New Mexico 
Duty: Radioman 
– 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 40th Bombardment Group, 45th Bomb Squadron,(Very Heavy) 
– 25 missions over China, Burma, India, Japan 
– 30 August 1945 
– the plane was on POW food drop mission to POWs in Miyata Camp #12, Japan 
– plane wing clipped mountain and the plane crashed into Mount Sobo 
– since the crash site initially could not be located crew was listed as “Missing” 
– Yokohama Military Cemetery 
– the crew initially buried there after crash site was found 
– Frees’ family requested his remains be returned to the United States 
– Rock Island National Cemetery – Rock Island, Illinois 
– Section: E Site: 191 
– Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters 
– Purple Heart 
– Three Presidential Unit Citations 
– Distinguished Flying Cross 



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