RIGNEY, STANLEY OSBERN, Corporal, # 35466367, U.S. Army
Stanley O. Rigney was born in 1921 in Liberty, Casey Co., Kentucky, to William Edgar Rigney (1889-1949) and Mattie Lee (Shelton) Rigney (1893-1983) (married 1910, KY). Siblings included Sherman Estel Rigney (1910- ), Gracie Mae (Rigney) Harmon (1912-2000), William Earl Rigney (1914-2010), Charles E. Rigney (1919-1920), Ethel I. Rigney (1924-1924), John Harrison Rigney (1925-2007), Ruby Hazel (Rigney) Cooley (1928-1988), Ada M. Rigney (1931-1940), Nina Rigney (1934- ), and Edward Howard Rigney (1939-2018).
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Cincinatti, Ohio, on 4 August 1942. After enlisting, he was trained at the Quartermaster School, Ft. Lee, Virginia. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed into a mountainside. All aboard were killed. The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found “it crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-drafts. There were no survivors. An investigation by ground was requested. Fire consumed all but the wing tips and the tail. Adjutant Capt. Coy T. Sevier wrote that the transport approached due West following the valley into the field and began to climb but an engine failed. The pilot banked left sharply to his left. The left wing hit trees which caused the C-47 to swing and fall into the jungle. An observer noticed an engine burst on several seconds before the crash. A ground team reached the crash site but could do little because of intense heat from burning gas. No survivors were found. Eight bodies were found in the wreckage but were unidentifiable. The bodies were buried at the crash site and marked. After recovery from Burma, crew remains were buried (Box, Haut, Montisano, Phillips, and Rigney) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 8 November 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 195-196).
His brother, John H. Rigney, born 25 July 1925, served in the U.S. Army; enlisted in Louisville, KY, 3 September 1943. He died on 11 May 2007 and is buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Casey Co., Kentucky.
His brother, Edward H. Rigney, born 24 May 1939, served in the U.S. Air Force. He died 6 May 2018 and is buried in the Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Bartlett, Shelby Co., Tennessee.