He enlisted in the USAAF in Utah on 30 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the C-109 and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas in October 1944. On 7 January 1945, a C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49016, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. Its last contact was at 1400 hours, IST, with Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, advised of change of destination to Luliang, China. On 18 January 1945, the 1327th AAF BU advised Headquarters that it received a radiogram from Kunming, China, stating that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-109 at about 16 miles NE of Mowting, China, at about 25º 20’ Nrth & 101º 32’ East. The Chinese at the scene reported that the C-19 crashed at1630 hours IST on 7 January 1945 after exploding in midair. The aircraft was a total loss and the crw were killed. Some papers, including the driver’s license of PFC Rabbitt were found. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Utah, 14 October 1947.

 

His brother, Franklin N. Murdock, born 20 March 1919, served in the USAAF from 15 June 1944 to 30 January 1946 at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California. He served as a Private at Scott Field, Illinois. He died 6 January 2016.