Sneed, Marshall M., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 65th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Gamecocks
Service Years
1941 - 1943
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bay of Gabes, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Feb 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery - Tunis, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)57th Fighter Group65th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Gamecocks
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 188, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 57th Fighter Group
  1942-1943, 65th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Gamecocks
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Missouri-Saint Louis
  1936-1940, University of Missouri-Saint Louis
 My Aircraft/Missiles
BT-13 Valiant  PT-19 Trainer  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1941-1941, BT-13 Valiant
  1941-1942, PT-19 Trainer
  1942-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Marshall Sneed was born in Piggott, Arkansas on July 22, 1915. He attended Piggott High School where he captained the baseball, basketball, football, and track teams. After graduating, he entered the University of Missouri where he played football and baseball. He dropped football, but continued with baseball. He received a BA in Agriculture in 1940.

He signed a contract to play for the St. Louis Browns and entered their minor league farm system. He first played at Topeka, Kansas and then at Paragould, Arkansas.

However, he entered military service on February 8, 1941, and was accepted by the Aviation Cadet program. He received primary and advanced fight training, and graduated as part of Class 41-G at Goodfellow Army Air Field in Texas. He was awarded pilot's wings and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

His first assignment was to Windsor Locks Army Air Field in Connecticut where he received specialized training on flying the P-40 aircraft. In July of 1942, he was deployed overseas with the 65th Fighter Group. This unit's aircraft were loaded aboard the USS Ranger (aircraft carrier) and taken to near the North African coast. Each pilot then took off from the carrier, with no incidents or losses. They flew to the captured Vichy French airfield Cazas, near Casablanca, from where they were reassigned. A portion went to Bay of Gabes, Tunisia.

From there, the 65th Fighter Squadron flew missions of ground support against units of the Africa Korps under Rommel. On February 22, 1943, Captain Sneed was on such a mission when his aircraft was shot down and crashed.

He is buried in the North African Cemetery located in Carthage, Tunisia. A remembrance headstone stands in the family plot of the Piggott, Arkansas, cemetery, next to his parents.

NOTE: Although the unofficial name of the 65th Fighter Squadron was "Fighting Cocks," most of the P-40 aircraft had a large scorpion painted on the engine cowling, and although all the pilots of the 57th Fighter Group referred to themselves as the "Black Scorpions," this eventually became the official nose art of the 64th Fighter Squadron.



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