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BOCKMAN, CLIFFORD HENRY, Staff Sergeant, #19075514, USAAF


Born 25 June 1916 in Clarence, Shelby County, Missouri, to Rudolph Roger Bockman (1878-1956) and Minnie Myrtle (Stone) Bockman (1887-1962). He had a total of sixteen siblings, including half-siblings. The siblings included Roger William Bockman (1907-1979), Myrtle Agnes Bockman (1908), George E Bockman (1909-1910), Florence Marie Bockman (1911-1967), Ethel Mildred Bockman (1913-1993), Lloyd Eugene Bockman (1918-1918), Clarence Walter Bockman (1921-1990), Gerald Bockman (1927-1927) and another brother. Half-siblings included Raymond R Bockman (1931-2016), Herbert E. Bockman (1936-2008), James Orville Bockman (1948-2004) and two more brothers and two more sisters. He married Charlene Reynolds (1922-    ) of Kansas City, MO, on 4 November 1942, in Jackson County, MO.

Clifford H. Bockman enlisted 6 March 1942 in Spokane, Washington. His enlisted service number was 19075514. He is recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman when a Sergeant, next-of-kin, his wife, 3735 Paseo, Kansas City, MO. He served as an engineer-gunner on the B-24J when it was downed by enemy aircraft on 1 December 1943 north of Bassein. He evaded capture for eight days. He was captured, turned over by Burmese villagers. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He was rescued from the Rangoon Cantonment on 11 May 1945. He died 4 June 1978 in Metaline Falls, Pend Oreille, Washington. A brother, Clarence W. Bockman, born in 1921 in Missouri, enlisted in the U.S. Army, 6 March 1942 in Spokane County, Washington. He died 20 November 1990, in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He served in India when his brother was there, too.

Clifford H. Bockman

18 March 1943 - The Pantagraph - Monday, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Bockman received letters from their two sons, First Sergeant Clarence Bockman, who was wounded in a battle on the Soloman Islands, that he had been returned to the U.S. and was in a hospital in Woodman, Colorado. Staff Sergeant Clifford H. Bockman is in India, a letter written Feb. 25.He told how hot the days were and that he had killed a cobra snake that was six and a half feet long. He was well.

6 August 1943 - The Pantagraph - Sergeant Clifford Bockman, son of Mr, and Mrs. R.R. Bockman, stationed with the USAAF in India, was awarded an Air Medal.

27 December 1943 - The Pantagraph - TSgt Clarence Bockman visited his father, R.R. Bockman, also here with other relatives. He is a veteran of 25 bombing missions over Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He saw action as top turret gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress. He vsited kin in Ohio before coming to Odell.

24 May 1945 - Freeport Journal Standard - Staff Sergeant Clifford H. Bockman won a triple decoration. He received the Purple Heart medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.