Eugene A. Nuwer

NAME
Eugene Anthony Nuwer
NICKNAME
Gene
SERVICE NUMBER
O-10614
UNIT
VMF-121
HOME OF RECORD
9 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Thelma May Nuwer
DATE OF BIRTH
June 19, 1917
ENTERED SERVICE
April 17, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 20, 1942
Declared dead February 19, 1945
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Missing in Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Eugene Nuwer, a fighter pilot assigned to VMF-121, flew combat missions out of Henderson Field during the Guadalcanal campaign as a member of the Cactus Air Force. 

On the morning of 20 October 1942, pilots of VMF-121 and -212 scrambled to intercept a raiding force of more than thirty Japanese fighters and bombers. Lieutenant Nuwer failed to return from the ensuing melee; no trace of him or his aircraft (F4F-4 Bureau Number 11659) was ever found.

Lieutenant Nuwer was officially declared dead on 19 February 1945.

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

Biography:
Coming soon. Contact the webmaster for information on this Marine.

At 10:15 AM on the twentieth, after a blessedly quiet night, our flight took off to intercept eighteen Zeros…. One of my flight – Lieutenant Eugene A. (Gene) Nuwer, Lancaster, New York, failed to return from that hop. The last I saw of him he was in full dive on the tail of a Zero, with another Zero on his tail. What happened to him I never learned.

– Captain Joe Foss, VMF-121, in Joe Foss, Flying Marine: The Story Of His Flying Circus As Told To Walter Simmons, 1943


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Memorial page from the Lancaster High School yearbook, 1944.

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