The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. He was a passenger on the aircraft. His remains were recovered from China and buried in the Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 15 December 1949 (Plot P, Row 0, Grave 963).
His son, Calvin L. Wax, born 31 August 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 6 February 1970 to 31 March 1973, a Vietnam War era veteran.
His son, Robert I. Wax, born 13 February 1929, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was killed fighting the enemy on 11 August, 1950, a Corporal, assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Regimental Infanry Combat Team, near Pongam-ni, South Korea. His remains were identified 23 February 2012, and was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery on 20 June 2012. He was awarded the Purple Heart. The following srticle was written by John Wisely for the Detroit Free Press and published in that paper on May 29, 2012:
For more than 60 years, he was a soldier without a name. Killed in the early days of American fighting in Korea, in a battle known as Bloody Gulch, he was a white male, 5-foot-8, between 19 and 21 years old. The military said he died sometime between Aug. 10-13, 1950, and listed his remains as Unknown X-88. But now, thanks to this age of DNA testing, Unknown X-88 has a name and will have a proper military burial. "It actually comes down to a chest X ray," said Penelope Clute, a niece of the soldier now confirmed as Cpl. Robert Isaac Wax of Detroit, Serial No. 16210827. And now, after another Memorial Day to honor America's war dead, Wax's family is preparing for a long overdue funeral for one of their own. "In the call that told me about identifying him, they told me he's entitled to a full-honors military funeral, with a 21-gun salute, the horse-drawn caisson, the whole thing," said Clute, of Plattsburg, N.Y. "He'll be buried at Arlington National Cemetery June 20. "Wax's journey to that hallowed ground began on Detroit's west side, where he grew up the youngest of four children. "The big thing I remember was he was into magic," said Wax's cousin, Harvey Wax, 75, of Ann Arbor. "He kind of turned me onto it when I was a kid. He would have the tricks that he'd get from the magic store. He'd show me how to do it. "Cpl. Wax could amuse his younger cousins for hours, making coins disappear with some sleight of hand. His mother, Marcie Lindsay Wax, was a Catholic nurse who died in 1970, never knowing that her son's remains had been found. His father, John (Jack) Wax, was a Jewish doctor who ran a medical practice out of the family home on Clarendon, just south of Grand River. When reports of the Holocaust emerged from Europe, Jack Wax joined the Medical Corps, Clute said. He died in a 1944 military plane crash along China's border with Burma and is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. After Cpl. Wax was identified, his family received a lengthy military file detailing his service and the efforts to identify his remains. When Wax enlisted in the Army on June 3, 1946, he was 5-feet-9, weighed 160 pounds and had brown hair and gray eyes. His boots were size 9C. He was part of the 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division that left Camp Stoneman, Calif., on July 12, 1950, and landed Aug. 1 in Korea. A report on Wax's death shows his unit, dubbed the Triple Nickel, was supporting the 5th Regimental Combat Team near Pongnam-Ni, in what is now South Korea, on Aug. 11, 1950. "Unknown to the American forces, a regiment of North Koreans had moved within striking distance," the report says. "Shortly after dawn, the enemy attacked the artillery positions with infantry, self-propelled guns and tanks.