He is memorialized on the tablet of the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing Memorial, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. His remains were recovered from the American military cemetery at the airfield near Kalaikunda, India, and were buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York, on 11 June 1948 (Sec. H, Grave 9391). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, David Adler, born 18 April 1915, served in the U.S. Army, Technical Sergeant, from 4 March 1944 to 22 April 1946. He died on 13 June 2005 and is buried in the Congregation Ahavath Achim Cemetery, Colchester, Connecticut.

 

His brother, Bennie Adler, born 26 January 1919, served in the U.S. Army from 1 July 1942 to 1 March 1944. He died 20 October 2007

CLOSEN, ROBERT M., Corporal, # 36065333, USAAF

 

Robert M. Closen was born on 31 January 1920 in Bartonville, Peoria Co., Illinois, to Henry J. Closen (1897-1975) and Jennie Irene (Nesselhaus) Closen (1901-1987). Siblings included Virginia Marie (Closen) Stafford (1922-2016), Henry Leroy Closen (1925-1985), Lester Burnard Closen (1927-1997), Jack Closen (1933-1999). He was married to Thelma Clara (Eisele) Turner (1921-1987) on 9 May 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Peoria, Illinois, on 6 August 1942. He was trained in the supply of goods at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Ft. Lee, Virginia. On 15 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93372, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combar Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on an air resupply mission and return. It was last seen by an eyewitness to the crash that killed everyone on board at 25º 31’ North and 96º 50’ East, when it hit some trees and crashed. Two Chinese soldiers said that the C-47A propellars hit trees before crashing. All crew members were from the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, except 1stLt Miller, who was from Station # 10 (A.T.C.) on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron. The three Air Supply Droppers were from the USAAF 3841st Quartermaster Truck Company. His remains were recovered from the American military cemetery at the airfield near Kalaikunda, India, and were buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois, on 22 October 1949.