RUANE, WILLIAM HAROLD, Technician 5th Grade, # 36362507, U.S. Army
William H. Ruane was born on 26 November 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, to John Joseph Ruane (1893-1980) and Mary (McNamara) Ruane (1890-1974) (Ireland) (married 26 September 1912, Chicago, IL). Siblings included Catherine Bernice Ruane (1914-1914), Francis Ruane (1914-1935), John Joseph Ruane Jr. (1915-1987), James Raymond Ruane (twin of William H.) (1920-1997), Laurence Stanley Ruane, Margaret Ruane (1936-1936), and Lester R. Ruane (1929- ).
After enlisting and training at Ft. Lee, Virginia, he was assigned to and trained for the Quartermaster Corp. On 2 May 1944, C-47A, # 42-23520, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a supply drop combat mission. It was last contacted by radio at 1644 hours, over Talanga Gao, at 26º 50’ North & 96º 25’ East. He served as a drop crewman on the sortie. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration from the 10th Air Force airfield cemetery, Kakaikunds, India, and buried on 18 July 1949 in the Woodlawn National Cemetery (Sec. G, Grave 4790), Elmira, New York. This was a burial with the remains of fellow crewman, John Modesta.
His brother, Lawrence S. Ruane, born 24 January 1926, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Private First Class, 1st Marine Division, from 24 April 1944 to his death on 1 June 1945, and was killed in action. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.