George Arthur Treptow
|HOME OF RECORD
1616 West 107th Street, Chicago, IL
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. George R. Treptow
|DATE OF BIRTH
June 23, 1920
January 30, 1941 (USN Avn. Cadet)
March 26, 1942 (USMC Commission)
|DATE OF LOSS
October 2, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
MIA / Declared Dead
19 February 1945
STAD with VMF-224
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant George Treptow was a Marine fighter pilot. Although officially a member of VMF-121, he volunteered to fight with VMF-224, part of the “Cactus Air Force” based on Guadalcanal.
On 2 October 1942, Treptow joined his adopted squadron in a scramble to intercept a large flight of Japanese fighters bearing down on Henderson Field. In the ensuing action, his plane (F4F-4 Bureau Number 02112) fell from the sky and crashed into the jungle. Although it reportedly landed within Marine lines – and may have been found by a patrol later that afternoon – Lieutenant Treptow’s remains could not be recovered from the wreckage.
Treptow was officially deemed missing in action, and carried in such status until an official declaration of death on 19 February 1945.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Posthumous promotion to Captain.
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Bethania Cemetery, Justice, IL
Manila American Cemetery
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Thanks to Katie Wahrhaftig and Bill Treptow for providing personal photos and documents for this article.