Samuel Thomas Gillespie
|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
|DATE OF LOSS
October 17, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
MIA / Declared Dead
19 February 1945
|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.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Posthumous promotion to Captain
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
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