DRAGER, WILLIAM A., Staff Sergeant, # 32303245, USAAF

 

William A. Drager was born on 28 February 1918 in Camden, Camden Co., to Joseph Drager (1893-1960) and Delia (Fallon) Drager (1893-1935). A second spouse was Elizabeth (Gwynne) Drager (1903-1989). Siblings were Dorothy M. (Drager) Sergent (1916-1976), Margaret Marie (Drager) Riccoboni (1919-    ).

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 20 May 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons and shoot the machineguns (armorer-gunner) on the B-24 Liberator (except the bomb). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). A memorial marker was placed in the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Churchyard, Pleasant Grove, Morris Co., New Jersey. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

KEARSEY, ROBERT L., Sergeant, # 13011330, USAAF

 

Robert L. Kearsey was born on 11 November 1916 in Georgia to Robert L. Kearsey (1879-1929) (SC) and Irma Lee (Devane) Kearsey (1898-1963) (AL). Siblings Gordon Luther Kearsey (1920-1965) (GA), Grady V. Kearsey (1922-    ), and Joseph M. Kearsey (1925-    ). His paternal grandmother, Emma M. (Tillman) Keasrsey (1844-1920) (SC) was living with them in 1920 (married Alonzo E. Kearsey (1838-    ) on 29 March 1866). In 1930 they were living with John R. Brown (1903-    ) (GA) (step-father) and Irma Lee (Devane) Brown nee Kearsey (1898-    ) in Dougherty Co., Georgia.   

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 8 October 1940. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons and shoot the machineguns (armorer-gunner) on the B-24 Liberator (except the bomb). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.