LAUNIER, JOSEPH ANTONIO, Second Lieutenant, # 0-686763, USAAF
Joseph A. Launier was born 1921 in Massachusetts to Athur Mark Launier (1884-1949) and Henrietta A. (Casavant) Launier (1886-1960). Siblings included Anna Launier (1904-1989), Dora Matilda Launier (1906-1992), George Arthur Launier (1907-1986), Delima Viola (Launier) Arsenault (1911- ), Arthur Jules Launier (1914-2000), Isabella “Bella” Rita (Launier) Girouard (1916-2005), Ora Launier (1919- ), William Charles Launier (1923-2004), Hector Ernest Launier (1925- ), Richard Edward Launier (1929-1999), .
He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Edwards, Falmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, on 16 September 1941. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. He was a passenger on board. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Calary Cemetery Winchendon, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
His brother, Arthur J. Lanier, born 13 April 1914, served in the U.S. Army National Guard, reenlisted 16 January 1941, Infantry, a Corporal, then transferred to the USAAF, a TSgt, from 6 November 1939 to 25 June 1945. He died on 1 December 2000 and is buried in the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Raymond, New Hampshire.
His brother, William C. Launier, born 9 September 1923, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 5th Grade, from 3 November 1945 to 9 November 1946. He died on 9 September 2004 and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
His brother, Richard E. Launier, born 31 May 1929, served in the U.S. Navy from 11 June 1946 to 15 December 1947. He died 12 March 1999 in Brooksville, Hernando Co., Florida.