GUFFEY, WILLIAM RADFORD, Private First Class, # 34255573, U.S. Army


William R. Guffey was born 4 September 1911 in Gay, Jackson County, North Carolina, to William Homer Guffey (1886-1919) and L. Allie (Buchanan) Guffey (1885-    ). He had a brother, Frank Gudger Guffey (1913-1989). His brother, Frank G. Guffey was married and survived by Etta Guffey, his wife. He was born 18 March 1913 and, when he registered for the WW II draft 16 October 1940, described himself as 5’8”, 150 lbs, with black hair and grey eyes. He served in the U.S. Army from 8 June 1942 through 23 December 1945. He died 2 December 1989 and is buried in the New Savannah Baptist Cemetery, Savannah, North Carolina.


William R. Guffey was registered for the WW II draft on 12 July 1941. He described himself as 5’9 ½”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He had a tattoo on his left wrist. He enlisted on 14 March 1942 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He completed his training for delivering supplies to troops in the field and was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps in India. On 28 February 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100693, of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force, departed the air base at Sookerating, India, on a food dropping mission to allied troops at Laawng, Burma. The aircraft was last contacted by radio and was down for unknown reasons. Six aboard were killed and two food droppers survived. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. with others and a group single-casket funeral was conducted 20 May 1949 (Plot 82, Grave 226) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.