His brother, Glenn A. Van Gordon, born 7 October 1926, served in the U.S. Army from 24 February 1945. He died 14 April 1991 and is interred in the Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.


His brother, Calude D. Van Gordon, born 16 February 1930, served in the military. He died 27 August 2017 and is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.



Mitchell A. Papciak was born on 14 November 1922 in East Saint Louis, St. Clair Co., Illinois, to Anthony Papciak (1881-1959) (Poland – naturalized) and Marianna “Mary” (Warchol) Papciak (1883-1953) (Poland – naturalized). Siblings were Stanley Michael Papciak (1903-1972) (Poland – naturalized), Adam Albert Papciak (1905-1976), Felix Papciak (1908-1908), Helen V. (Papciak) Karwoski (1909-1987), Bernice Dolores (Papciak) Nadler (1911-2001), Stella F. (Papciak) Halwacks (1913-    ), Catherine Marie (Papciak) Swierczek (1916-1993), Genevieve Marie (Papciak) Grill (1918-1995), William Melchion Papciak (1920-1978), and Ann Theresa Papciak (1920-2003).


He registered for the WWII draft on 29 June 1942, employed by Joe Kaudela, resided at 614 N. 6th St., East Saint Louis, IL, and described himself as 5’7”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Peoria, Illinois, on 12 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained and was a passenger on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. It crashed enroute and all were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.


His brother, William M. Papciak, born 28 December 1920, served in the U.S. Navy, SC1, # 6691977, from 13 August 1942. He died 19 April 1978 and is buried in the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Collinsville, Madison Co., Illinois. He served on the U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13).