VERZOLE, WILLIAM RICHARD, Staff Sergeant, # 32383699, USAAF

 

William R. Verzole was born on 4 April 1921 in New York to Dennis Melvin Verzole (1889-1980) and Marjory Elizabeth (Mahley) Verzole (1890-1984). Siblings included Louis Charles Verzole (1910-1984), Thelma Verzole (1915-    ), Dennis M. Verzole Jr. (1917-1998), Bernard L. “Bernie” Verzole (1923-2016), Douglas J. Verzole (1926-    ), Rose Mary Verzole (1929-    ), and Joan Irene “Marjory” (Verzole) Pooler (1931-2001).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 3 August 1942 in Syracuse, New York. On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. A marker was placed in the Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Syracuse, New York, requested by his father 5 November 1947.

SODERQUIST, ELMER (NMI), Sergeant, # 39174340, USAAF

 

Elmer Soderquist was born on 30 April 1919 in Seattle, Washington to Oscar E. Soderquist (1890-1924) and Emma W. (Sundstrom) Peterson nee Soderquist (1895-1981). A brother was Henry Soderquist (1916-1996). He attended Lincoln High School and was a semi-pro baseball player. In 1940-1942 his mother lived at 334 N. 52nd St., Seattle, WA.

 

He enlisted 20 April 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He completed initial training and advanced training, then earned his crewman wings in July 1942 then was sent overseas in November 1943. On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. A marker was placed in Evergreen Cemetery, Seattle, Washington.