MOORE, JOHN DENTON JR., Private First Class, # 38405364, USAAF
John D. Moore, Jr., was born on 16 November 1920 in Celina, Collin Co., Texas, to John D. Moore (1895-1985) (TN) and Wincy Lee Moore (1893-1984) (MO).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, was a student, resided at 111 N. Broadway, Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK, and described himself as 5’8”, 133 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes.
After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 March 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 41-24705, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The C-46 crashed enroute and was not located. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 1030). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
His father, born 9 March 1895, served in WWI, Private First Class, U.S. Army. He died 3 October 1985 and is buried in the Pilot Point Community Cemetery, Pilot Point, Denton Co., Texas.