Joseph MacNaughton Waterman, Jr.
|HOME OF RECORD
1316 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, (Rev) Dr. Joseph M. Waterman
|DATE OF BIRTH
May 8, 1919
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 13, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
October 16, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
MIA / Declared Dead
17 October 1943
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
First Lieutenant Joseph Waterman was a pilot assigned to VMSB-141, a Marine dive-bombing squadron stationed on Guadalcanal.
On the morning of 16 October 1942, the Cactus Air Force staged a series of strikes against Japanese troops near the village of Kokumbona. Waterman and Sergeant Frank Komzak flew their Dauntless dive bomber (SBD-3 Bureau Number 03254) on the day’s second mission, but fell victim to antiaircraft fire and did not return to the field. Their group’s war diary simply recorded that the Marines were “not recovered.”
Waterman and Komzak were both declared dead on 17 October 1943.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Posthumous promotion to Captain
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
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