John A. Kovacs

NAME
John Anthony Kovacs
NICKNAME
MCSN
355692
HOME OF RECORD
5011½ Imperial Highway, Inglewood, CA
raised Irwin, PA
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Veronica Kovacs
DATE OF BIRTH
~1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 17, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
November 7, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Out of Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA (Declared Dead)
November 8, 1943
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Radio / Gunner
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 7 November 1942, the Cactus Air Force received word of a Japanese destroyer flotilla approaching Guadalcanal. A group of 7 SBD Dauntless dive bombers assembled from two Marine squadrons went in search of the ships and, despite heavy antiaircraft fire and a screen of defending floatplanes, managed to drop their bombs among the enemy destroyers.

Second Lieutenant Francis Sullivan and PFC John A. Kovacs took part in this flight. Their bomber, SBD-3 Bureau Number 03273 was last seen over the Japanese ships approximately 100 miles from Guadalcanal. No friendly aircraft saw them fall; they simply did not return from the mission. Both Marines were declared dead on 8 November 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing In Action.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

Excerpt from the War Diary of MAG-14, 7 November 1942.

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