Clifford D. Garranbrant

NAME
Clifford Donally Garrabrant
NICKNAME
Don
SERVICE NUMBER
273030
UNIT
VMF-224
Pilot
HOME OF RECORD
242 North Newlin Street
Whittier
California
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Lillian Arvilla Gandy Garrabrant
DATE OF BIRTH
December 9, 1919
ENTERED SERVICE
July 3, 1939
DATE OF LOSS
September 5, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Missing In Action
Declared Dead September 6, 1943
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Staff Sergeant Garrabrant was a pilot flying with VMF-224, part of the Cactus Air Force based out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.

On the afternoon of 5 September 1942, his squadron was scrambled to intercept a Japanese bombing raid. Garrabrant’s aircraft (F4F-4 BuNo 5096) failed to start; after five minutes of frantic struggling with the engine, he finally took off alone. He was last seen in action with enemy fighters, and failed to return to base.

Garrabrant was officially declared dead on 6 September 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Staff Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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One Reply to “Clifford D. Garranbrant”

  1. A big thank you goes to whoever put this together, this is the most my grandfather has heard about his brother in 70 years. It’s good to know Donny’s story hasn’t been lost.

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