SENEFF, THOMAS EUGENE, Staff Sergeant, # 33290016, USAAF
Thomas E. Seneff was born 17 June 1920 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania to Wilmer Agassey Seneff (1874-1958) and Ida Mae (Henry) Seneff (1880-1957). He had numerous siblings, including, Hallie M. Seneff (1899-1978), Harry Clark Seneff (1901-1980), John Byron Seneff (1905-1987), Ruth V. (Seneff) Lash (1905-1997), Irvin Wilmer Seneff (1908-1976), Irene Seneff (1909- ), Dorothy J. (Seneff) Peters (1911-2009), Josephine L. Seneff (1912- ), Rebecca Mae (Seneff) Gaebel (1914-2004), and Mildred Virginia (Seneff) Johnson (1917-2004). The 1930 census shows Wilmer Seneff, age 54, Ida Mae, age 52, John B., age 25, Irvin, age 21, Dorothy, age 18, Rebecca, age 16, Mildred, age 13, and Thomas, age 10. The 1940 census shows only Ida Mae Seneff, age 60, John B. Seneff, age 34, and Thomas E. Seneff, age 19 (both men working as brick layers).
Thomas E. Seneff served from 12 July 1942 (enlisted at Fort Meade. MD) to 1 November 1945 and received an honorable discharge from the 2114th A.A.F. Base Unit at Patterson Field, OH (now Wright-Patterson AFB) as a Technical Sergeant. Trained as a radio operator-gunner, he was overseas from 6 November 1943 to 2 June 1945, assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, and served most of that time as a POW of the Japanese in the Rangoon Cantonment (to 2 May 1945). He died 15 August 1969 and is buried in Youngwood Cemetery, Youngwood, PA.
27 December 1943 – The Pittsburgh Press – Staff Sergeant Thomas E. Seneff, missing in action, Irwin.
28 December 1943 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Missing in action in Burma, Staff Sergeant Thomas S. Smeal, Curwensville; 2ndLt Newton J. Kellam; Staff Sergeant Thomas E. Seneff, Irwin.
8 May 1945 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Calcutta, May 4 – Men from Pennsylvania are in the American military hospital after being freed from Japanese prison camps. More than 400 British, Indian, Chinese and Americans released near Pagu, Burma on 30 April 1945: Captain John H. McClosekey, Pittsburgh; Lt. Richard T. Gilmore, Pittsburgh; Sergeant Thomas E. Seneff, Irwin; Lt. Newton J. Kellam, Pittsburgh.