MCPHERON, EMMETT HAYES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-822176, USAAF
Emmett H. McPheron was born on 19 July 1918 in Ohio to Oliver Dwight McPheron (1882- ) and Pearl Arcola (McClurg) McPheron (1885-1958). Siblings included Albert Dwight McPheron (1911-1973), Alfred Pearl McPheron (1911-2001), John Knox McPheron (1923-2016). He married Barbara Jane (Deck) McPheron on 3 May 1941 in Franklin Co., OH.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayves, Columbus, Ohio, on 26 March 1942. After enlisting, he served and was selected for aviation training, completed flight schools through advanced courses and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 June 1945, a C-47A, “Marjorie,” with “6” on the nose, # 43-15881, assigned to 10th Air Force, North Burma Air Task Force, 1st Air Commando Group, 20th Combat Cargo Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina South, Burma, on a cargo mission to Warazup, Burma. Last known contact was with base operations at Myitkyina South, Burma. The Task Force Air Jungle Rescue unit handled the search. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 21 March 1949 (Sec. F, Grave 980).
His brother, Albert D. McPheron, born 11 July 1911, served in the U.S. Army from 17 February 1943 to 10 January 1946. He died 31 January 1973.
His brother, John K. McPheron, born 13 August 1923, served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He died 12 May 2016 and is buried in the Corvallis Cemetery, Corvallia, Montana.