MOUNT, WAYLAND D., Technical Sergeant, # 15110330, USAAF
Wayland D. Mount was born on 13 February 1906 in Springboro, Warren Co., Ohio, to Gaylord Clyde Mount (1874-1958) and Grace Arvilla (McGriff) Mount (1869-1938). Siblings included Edythe V. Mount (1900-1982) and Cecile Gertrude (Mount) Boepple (1903-1990). Living with them in 1910 was his maternal grandmother, Mary Melissa (Kelsey) McGriff (1843-1918); widow of Civil War Union Private Alpheus Grundy McGriff, 79th Ohio Infantry, Co. A, 23 August 1862 to 30 May 1865; pension 16 September 1887, widow pension on 17 December 1909 – married 25 December 1867, Springboro, OH.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Lockbourne AAF Base, Columbus, Ohio, on 31 March 1942. He was trained to maintain the mechanical systems on the C-47 Skytrain as a crew chief (engineer). He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to China. On 8 May 1944 a C-47, # 19468, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Section, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat cargo mission. He was the radio operator. It crashed 33 miles West of Keking, China at about 0045 Zulu. After recovery of the indistinguishable remains of the crew from the crash site and then recovery from India, the crew was buried in a group (Edgar, Hofford, Hurst, Magruder, Mallett, Monrose, & Mount) burial ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 1 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 73, 73A). A memorial marker was placed in the Springboro Cemetery, Springboro, Warren Co., Ohio.
His maternal grandfather, Alpheus G. McGriff, born March 1843, served in the Union Army during the Civil War from 23 August 1962 to 30 May 1865. He died 2 December 1909, Springboro, Warren Co., Ohio. The Ohio 75th Infantry, Volunteers, was organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, August,1862. Ordered to Kentucky September 3, 1862.