His paternal grandfather, Alonzo E. Kearsey served in the Civil War, 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, CSA, Company K (Captain Baldwin), Private, from 25 May 1861 and in 1864 was captured by the Union Army. Discharged in 1864. 

 

His brother, Gordon L. Kearsey, born 22 June 1920, served in the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Commander, #325768, from 28 July 1942 (overseas 5 May 1944 to 8 June 1945) to 1963. He died 5 February 1965 and is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida.

NETHERWOOD, VINCENT J., Private, # 12155792, USAAF

 

Vincent J. Netherwod was born on 6 March 1924 in Kingston, Ukster, New York, to Joseph William Netherwood (1900-1969) and Isabelle (Bradley) Netherwood (1904-1988). Siblings were Joseph William Netherwood Jr. (1927-1985), Rosemary Netherwood (1929-2011), Isabelle Rose (Netherwood) Fitzpatrick (1933-2013), Gertrude (Netherwood) Henry (1935-2011), Elsie Mae (Netherwood) Leirey (1937-2015). Living with them in 1930 were two grand-aunts, Sarah R. King (1873-1933) and Mary King (1874-1954). Living with them in 1940 was a grand-aunt, Mary Ellen King (1874-1954). He graduated High School.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 19 October 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). Memorials were placed in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Kingston, Ulster Co., New York.He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Joseph W. Netherwood Jr., born 22 January 1927, enlisted in the New York National Guard on 24 May 1941, 56th Infantry Regiment, Company A, and entered active duty 1 February 1943 (Private First Class, 1 December 1945) to 16 December 1946. He died 14 December 1985.