Samuel T. Gillespie

NAME
Samuel Thomas Gillespie
NICKNAME
Tom
MCSN
O-11362
HOME OF RECORD
2405 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Carrie Blair Gillespie
DATE OF BIRTH
December 20, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 17, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
19 February 1945
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Samuel Gillespie was a pilot assigned to VMSB-141, a Marine dive-bombing squadron stationed on Guadalcanal.

On 17 October 1942, Gillespie and PFC Stuart F. Smith, Jr. were assigned to fly a routine anti-submarine patrol. The two Marines took off in a Dauntless bomber (SBD-3 Bureau Number 03310), headed off to their assigned sector – and never returned.

No trace of Gillespie or Smith was ever found. They were declared dead as of 19 February 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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