Marett, Samuel Heins, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
Service Years
1939 - 1941
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fulton County, Georgia
Last Address
Del Carmen Field, Luzon, Philippines

Casualty Date
Dec 10, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
34th Pursuit Squadron, InterceptorUS Air Force
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 34th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-35 Seversky  
  1941-1941, P-35 Seversky
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was killed when a Japanese ship he was strafing exploded and destroyed his aircraft. His body was not recovered; he is memorialized in Manila.

His DSC citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Samuel H. Marett (ASN: 0-22854), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-35 Fighter Airplane in the 34th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 December 1941, during an air mission against Japanese surface vessels at Vigan, Philippine Islands. On that date, First Lieutenant Marett was Pilot of a P-35 fighter in an attack on Japanese shipping and landing parties at Vigan, Philippine Islands. Following bombing by heavy bombers, Lieutenant Marett lead his squadron through a hail of anti-aircraft fire to strafe the enemy vessels and landing parties. In the performance of this mission, one of the enemy vessels exploded, destroying Lieutenant Marett's aircraft and killing him instantly. First Lieutenant Marett's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: 10-Dec-41

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 34th Pursuit Squadron

Regiment: 24th Pursuit Group

Division: Far East Air Force

   
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Sources:
https://www.abmc.gov/node/519908#.VmcSSIRX2FI
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=31907
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56776588
   
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