JORGENSEN, JUNIOR ADOLPH, Corporal, # 39217804, USAAF
Junior A. Jorgensen was born on 7 November 1925 in Onalaska, Lewis Co., Washington, to Adolph Martin Jorgensen (1884-1981) and Stella Laura (Balfour) Jorgensen (1895-1991). Siblings were Elvin Lee Jorgensen (1919-2015), Charles A. Jorgensen (1931- ), and Robert Myron Jorgensen (1921-1971). He was married to Marilyn Jean (Grant) Blankenship nee Jorgensen (1928-1987).
He registered for the WWII draft on 6 November 1943, employed by the DeGrass Logging Co., resided in rural Onalaska, WA, and described himself as 6’1”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 17 January 1944. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 21 September 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 43-47148, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1328th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a cargo mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump), one engine failed. He was killed in the crash. The wreckage was found near Shunning, China, southeast of Paoshan, China, pursuant to a report from the 1332nd AAF Base Unit. He survived the crash. He was honorably discharged 21 january 1946. He died 29 June 1950 and is buried in the Claquato Cemetery, Clehalis, Lewis Co., Washington.
His brother, Elvin L. Jorgensen born 10 May 1919, served in the U.S. Army from 24 March 1941. He died in 2015 in Onalaska, Washington. His Official Statement and grave marker - next page