SHOEMAN, DELBERT DANIEL, Technical Sergeant, # 39199241, USAAF
Delbert D. Shoeman was born on 13 January 1923 in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor Co., Washington, to Charles Shoeman (1881-1927) (Finland – naturalized) and Olivia Shoeman (1884- ) (Finland - naturalized) . Sibling was Carl Roy Shoeman (1917-1993). He married Martha Marie (Barnes) Shoeman on 24 March 1945 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Peninsula Plywood Corp., resided at 610 S. Pine St., Port Angeles, Clallam Co., WA, and described himself as 6’, 155 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Tacoma, Washington, on 1 February 1943. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 January 1946 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78226, assigned to the China theater of war, 513th Troop Carrier Group, 330th Troop Carrier Squadron, Shanghai, China, departed the airfield at Tsinan, China, on a passenger and cargo flight to Shanghai. The C-46 made it to Shanghai but because of ground fog, could not land. The pilot was instructed to fly 5 minutes north of the airfield beacon and have all crew and passengers bail out. This was done at 5,000’ altitude but they landed in the Yangtze River and were lost. The C-46 crashed on land 15 miles northwest and was searched. On 4 March 1946 the remains of Campbell and Naberzy were recovered from Yangtze River and buried in an American military cemetery Shanghai, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Sunset Memorial Park, Hoquiam, Grays Harbor Co., Washington.
His brother, Carl R. Shoeman, born 29 November 1917, served in the U.S. Army from 26 December 1942 to 1 December 1945. He died 20 October 2015 and is buried in the Mount Angeles, Memorial Park, Port Angeles, Clallam Co., Washington.