MURPHY, EDMUND TAYLOR, Private First Class, # 37628806, USAAF
Edmund T. Murphy was born on 29 March 1915 in Missouri to William Gilbert Murphy (1890-1970) and Jennie Frances (Vaughn) Kuhn nee Murphy (1891-1963) (married Murphy on 23 December 1909, St. Charles, MO). Siblings were Frances Katherine (Murphy) Pittman (1911-1999), Mary Julia Murphy (1913- ), Marcellus Pamplin Murphy (1918-2007). Living with them in 1920 was his maternal grandmother, Mary Jermina (Laurain) Vaughn (1855-1944) (widowed). His mother, Jennie, is shown as a widow in the 1920 census. The 1910 census shows William G. (age 19) and Jennie Murphy (age 18) living with her parents, Samuel Taylor Vaughn (1856-1911) (police officer) and Mary J. Vaughn.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by J.C. Penny, resided at 2522A W. St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, and described himself as 5’10”, 180 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 16 November 1943. He was trained to work as an air supply cargo “kicker,” who impelled cargo out hatch doors to ground troops (technically called flight clerks). On 6 January 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 42-96721, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Chabua, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with Kunming ATC at about 0937 Zulu. The C-46A encountered moderate to severe icing. It crashed enroute and the crew and passengers were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Marcellus P. Murphy, born 1 December 1918, died 29 August 2007 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida (Sec. 135, Grave 947).