William R. Proffitt

NAME
William Ray Proffitt
NICKNAME
MCSN
311714
HOME OF RECORD
Greggton, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Essie Tutt
DATE OF BIRTH
~1926
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 30, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
September 6, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Gizo Island
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
September 7, 1943
UNIT
VMSB-232
DUTY
Radioman / Gunner
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 7 September 1942, Corporal Proffitt participated it a strike on Japanese installations at Gizo Harbor. No aircraft were lost in the attack, but a heavy storm blew in on the return flight, causing the formation to scatter and downing two bombers. Corporal Proffirt’s aircraft (SBD-3 BuNo 03342) never emerged from the storm.

Neither Proffitt nor his pilot, 2Lt. Charles B. McAllister, were seen again. Both men were declared dead on 7 September 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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One thought on “William R. Proffitt

  1. Born ten years after the war, my memories of my uncle, were based on his photo over my Grandmother’s mantle and her stories. She still had his medals and the letter from the CO of VMSB 232.

    She told us grandkids the story of how my uncles, William Ray and Jay Vee, had talked her into falsifying their ages to get jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They would both uses these documents later to enlist underage. Jay Vee survived the war having went into the Army where he ended up as a tanker with Patton.
    Many years later I would make contact with the survivors of the campaign thru there reunion address. One of the memories they told me was of packing up his belongings to mail home. He was remembered as being short in height and a boxer.

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