JEFFRIES, GARLAND B., Staff Sergeant, # 35690218, USAAF

 

Garland B. Eberhardt was born 6 September 1922 to Cecil Bryant Jeffries (1895-1969) and Lillian B. (Taylor) Jeffries (1900-1987). Siblings included Elsie Alyne (Jeffries) Lane (1928-1986), Marvin Taylor Jeffries (1942-1980), William Cecil Jeffries (1930-2013), Mary Elizabeth (Jeffries) Waters (1925-2012), Lavade Jewell (Jeffries) Steed (1917-2015), Charles Russell Jeffries (1933-1986), Glenna Marie (Jeffries) Todd (1920-1988), and Garrell Dewain Jeffries (1935-1983).

 

He enlisted in Louisville, Kentucky, on 9 December 1942 and after training, was sent overseas to China. There he manned an aerial machinegun on a B-24J. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He was manning a machinegun on the bomber. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. The family placed a memorial marker in the Horse Cave Memorial Cemetery.

 

His brother, Marvin T. Jeffries, served in the USAF from 14 December 1966 through 9 December 1970.

GENDLER, LOUIS JOSEPH, Sergeant, # 31097260, USAAF

 

Louis J. Gendler was born 1920 in Franklin County, Massachusetts to Jacob Gendler (1888-1983) (born Russia) and Eva I. (Block) Gendler (1884-1966) (born New York) (married 2 September 1912, NY, NY). Siblings included Minnie (Gendler) Libby (1913-2000) and Pearl (Gendler) Kamber (1917-1991) (employed as a stenographer in Boston in 1943). In 1930 his father managed a clothing store. He was recorded as a Jewish serviceman. In 1946, his family lived at 23 Beech St., Greenfield, Massachusetts.

 

After enlistment he was extensivle trained as a combat photographer. He was assigned to the 16th USAAF Combat Camera Unit, detached to 14th Air Force. He was the combat photographer when on 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.