HATFIELD, MILLARD FOREE, Private, # 35773539, USAAF
Millard F. Hatfield was born on 8 July 1925 in Buskirk, Kentucky, to James “Jim” Hatfield and Emyzell Hatfield. The next-of-kin list showed his mother resided in Marshfield, Oregon.
He registered for the WW II draft on 8 July 1943 in West Virginia, resided in Matewan, Mingo Co. W. VA., and described himself as 6’, 143 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Huntington, West Virginia, on 1 September 1943. He was trained at the Quartermaster School, Quartermaster Headquarters, Fort Lee, Virginia, in supply of necessities by truck and aircraft. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India and assigned to the USAAF Quartermaster 5331st Air Supply Dropping Unit. An amazing amount of supply of food, clothing, daily necessities, firearms, and ammunition was in storage sites in India. As the allied forces fought the Japanese in India, Burma, and the Southeast Asia countries of Siam (Thailand), Laos, Cambodia, and Annam (Vietnam), supply was moved forward by truck, air drops, and airfield sites. On 1 September 1944, a C-47, # 43-15802, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma, to return to Dinjan airfield. It was last contacted by radio 30 minutes from Dinjan airfield. Its crash was deemed a battle casualty. The 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, had no information to add to the MACR and 1352nd AAF Base Unit had none. The crash location was not found. The Burmese natives of the area are extremely cooperative and no report has been received from them. Recovered from Burma and then India (airfield cemetery), he was buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 1 December 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 1050). He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Clster, indicating multiple combat cargo supply drops, and the Purple Heart.