BRETZMAN, WALTER PAUL, Private First Class, # 12148969, U.S. Army

 

Walter P. Bretzman was born in 1920 in Lincoln Co., West Virginia, to Elmer Milton Bretzman (1871-1946) (PA) and Mary Ellen (Murray) Bretzman (1887-1932) (WVA). Siblings included Robert Summers Bretzman (1903-1974), Ralph Bretzman (1910-1972), Anna Pearl Bretzman (1901-1937), Warner Jones Bretzman (1914-1978), and Lucille Bretzman (1917-    ). He was married to Dorothy Bretzman, then of Little Falls, West Virginia.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942 and described himself as 6’, 176 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 1 October 1942 in New York, New York. He was trained at the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia, and was sent overseas to India, to be assigned to the 88th Quartermaster Battalion, combat supply. He was trained in the combat supply of necessary supplies to allied troops. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

STREITENBERGER, FLOYD ELDRED, Private, # 35767424, U.S. Army

 

Floyd E. Streitenberger was born on 14 June 1924 in Beaver, Pike County, Ohio, to Levi Streitenberger (1880-1966) and Rosa Lee (Hayes) Streitenberger (1886-1965). Siblings included Vivian Streitenberger (1921-    ), Edward Brooks Streitenberger (1915-1978), and Ruby Lillian (Streitenberger) Thompson (1912-2005).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 29 May 1943 in Huntington, West Virginia. He was trained at the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia, and was sent overseas to India, to be assigned to the 5301st Air Supply Drop Platoon. He was trained in the combat supply of necessary supplies to allied troops. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. His remains were recovered and he was buried in the Evergreen Union Cemetery, Waverly, Pike Co., Ohio. He was awarded the Purple Heart.