VERMILLION, JAMES A., Technical Sergeant, # 16036170, USAAF
James A. Vermillion was born in 1919 in Stonington, Christian Co., Illinois, to John A. Vermillion (1881-1957) and Annie May (Clark) Vermillion (1886-1950) (married 5 July 1902). Siblings included Harold Francis Vermillion (1904-1981), Sterl E. Vermillion (1905-1995), June Vermillion (1908- ), Mildred S. (Vermillion) Finke (1910-1986), Delmar Eugene Vermillion (1912-1976), Allie Lucille (Vermillion) Buck (1914-2010), Dale O. Vermillion (1917- ), Elsie E. (Vermillion) Schuld (1922-2003), Mary L. Vermillion (1925- ), John B. Vermillion (1927-2008), Glenn Thomas Vermillion (1929-1987),
He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 16 December 1941. He was trained as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. He was the tail gunner. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
A brother, Glenn T. Vermillion, born 2 August 1929, served in the U.S. Navy from 14 February 1951 to 13 February 1953 and 9 August 1956 to 18 July 1960.