CLEM, FRED WILLIAM, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 39037123, USAAF
Fred W. Clem Jr. was born on 27 July 1923 in West Frankfort, Illinois, to Fred W. Clem (1902-1973) (IL) and Albert C. Mann nee Gray nee Clem (1904- ).
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 676 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA, employed by the U.S. Post Office, and described himself as 6’1”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a tattoo on his right forearm. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 15 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 April 1944, B-25H, # 43-4209, assigned to the 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was one of two which crashed from a flight which departed Yangkai, China, on a combat mission to Samah Bay. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, born 14 April 1902, served in the U.S. Army, Private, in WWII from 1 September 1942.
He died 7 March 1973 and is buried in the Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, San Mateo Co., California.