Simpson, Jerome L, 2nd Lt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Last Unit
1942-1942, M 0273, 374th Troop Carrier Group
Service Years
1941 - 1942
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1919
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Iva
Last Address
New Caledonia, Pacific Area

Casualty Date
Dec 25, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
New Caledonia
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II
Location of Interment
Iva City Cemetery - Iva, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 (2nd Award)


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Pilot Badge



 
 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)374th Troop Carrier Group
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1942, M 0273, 374th Troop Carrier Group
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1937-1941, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1942-1942, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1942 Missions/Operations/Various Missions over the Pacific 1942
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Jerome Laurin Simpson was born in Iva, South Carolina on December 6, 1919. He was the son of John L. and Annie Lois Jones Simpson. After completing high school, he enrolled at Clemson University, graduating with the Class of 1941.

No enlistment, commissioning, or pilot training record has been located. The first mention of military service comes from a citation to accompany the award of the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in October through November, 1942. At the time, he is listed as a pilot with the 374th Troop Carrier Group.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for the same period, and it is noted he received the Air Medal for accomplishing 25 missions.

He was riding in a jeep on New Caledonia, Pacific area, when a Japanese air raid occurred on December 25, 1942. A single bomb hit the jeep, killing all occupants. Lt. Simpson's body was returned to the U.S. and he lies buried in the Iva City Cemetery in Iva, South Carolina.


www.cualumni.clemson.edu/pageaspx?pid=1633
www.findagrave.com/search
www.decstoc.com/dors/94702126burial register.xls

  

Comments/Citation
The 374th Troop Carrier Group was formed at Archer Air Field in Brisbane, Australia in 1942, and sent to the Central Pacific Area to be used in transporting troops, supplies, equipment, and for ferrying wounded personnel.

With no MACR or accident report involving an aircraft, it is difficult to find the squadron (4) of the 374th to which he was actually assigned.

   
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