Second Lieutenant Yale Weston Kaufman

Yale Kaufman, 1941
Yale Kaufman, 1941
Insignia of VMSB-232, the Red Devils.
Insignia of VMSB-232, the Red Devils.

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Service Number: O-009980

Birth and Early Life:
Yale Kaufman was raised in Everett, Massachusetts. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating with the class of 1941.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Kaufman joined the Navy in 1941, and was accepted as an aviation cadet. He received his wings and a Marine Corps commission in early 1942; shortly thereafter, he married his college sweetheart Marian Ellis.

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Wartime Service:
Lieutenant Kaufman qualified as a dive-bomber pilot and was posted to VMSB-231 in the summer of 1942. He transferred to VMSB-232 (the Red Devils) in August, shortly before the squadron set out for Guadalcanal. Kaufman and his gunner, Private Barry Arnold, flew several sorties against Japanese forces in the Solomons.

Date Of Loss:
Kaufman and Arnold were assigned to fly the afternoon patrol on September 14, 1942. They departed Henderson Field in SBD-3 #4667, and never returned. The group’s war diary recorded simply that the Marines “were lost when their SBD-3 crashed into the sea during the afternoon search.”

Next Of Kin:
Wife, Mrs. Marian Kaufman

Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

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