Charles E. Bryans

NAME
Charles Edwin Bryans
NICKNAME
MCSN
O-9678
HOME OF RECORD
4258 Elizabeth Street, Bell, CA
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Charles & Ellen Bryans
DATE OF BIRTH
August 8, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
1941
DATE OF LOSS
August 31, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA (Declared Dead)
January 8, 1946
UNIT
VMF-224
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Charles Bryans was a pilot flying with VMF-224, part of the Cactus Air Force based out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. On his first combat patrol, 31 August 1942, Bryans was seen lagging behind his flight leader and failed to respond to radio calls. His Wildcat (F4F-4 BuNo 02122) disappeared from sight, and failed to return to base. It was believed that a faulty oxygen system had rendered him unconscious in the air.Lieutenant Bryans was declared dead on 8 January 1946.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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