SCHEETZ, PAUL ALBERT, Private, # 37540388, USAAF

 

Paul A. Scheetz was born on 3 April 1925 in Kansas to Aloysius Scheetz (1895-1962) and Cecilia Agnes Mary (Losemann) Scheetz (1903-2000). Siblings included JoAnne Marie (Scheetz) Habr (1929-2018), Frances C. (Scheetz) Stock (1933-2012), Charles B. Scheetz (1936-2000), and Thomas Garland Scheetz (1947-2017).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 3 April 1943, residing in Hanover, Washington Co., Kansas, as a Hanover High School student. He described himself as 5’7”, 146 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. Next-of-kin was noted as Mrs. A. B. Scheetz, Hanover, Kansas. He enlisted and 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. Extensive search failed to locate the C-47A. The Burmese natives of the area are extremely cooperative and no report has been received from them. His mother, Cecilia A. Scheetz, Hanover, Kansas requested a V.A. grave marker on 19 September 1958, to be placed in the Saint Johns Cemetery, Hanover, Kansas. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.