Garza, Osbaldo, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Captain

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brownsville, Texas
Last Address
Kadena AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Jul 22, 1952
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
371st Bombardment Squadron, Medium 19th Bombardment Group, Heavy307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1952-1952, 371st Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1952-1952, 19th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1952-1952, 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1950-1952, B-29 Superfortress
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Last Known Activity
"Captain Garza was a decorated veteran of World War II flying 53 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific. In Korea, he was the navigator of a B-29A Superfortress from the 371st Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, 307th Bomber Wing and flew 16 missions. On July 22, 1952, his aircraft caught fire northeast of Ocho-o, South Korea and crashed. All thirteen airmen were killed...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

"Date of Loss: 520722
Tail Number: 44-62166
Aircraft Type: B-29A
Wing or Group: 307th Bmb Wg
Circumstances of Loss: Engine fire, exploded, crashed NE of Ocho-o, South Korea (midway btwn K-3 and K-18)" Source: Korwald Loss Incident Report, http://www.dtic.mil

The bodies of the crew were recovered. Capt. Osbaldo Garza's remains are buried in a mass grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. He was interred on 14 May 1953, Section 84, Site 421-423. Sources: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006, Ancestry.com, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, http://www.interment.net and http://www.findagrave.com

   
Comments/Citation
Osbaldo Garza was born in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, son of Ygnacio (Ignacio) Garza and Zoila Blanca Guerra. His parents were born in Mexico. Osbaldo lived with his parents in Brownsville in 1920 and 1930. I believe he enlisted in the Air Corps at San Antonio as a Private in 1942. Sources: 1920 and 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, http://awt.ancestry.com & U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

Note: He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five OLC, but I don't know if the DFC was from WWI or Korea, and I suspect the air medals were a mix of both.
   
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