Aaron, Reid Stanley, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last AFSC Group
WWII Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1945, POW Japan
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Martinsville
Last Address
Philippines

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
27th Bombardment Group, LightPOW Japan
  1940-1941, 27th Bombardment Group, Light
  1941-1942, 27th Bombardment Group, Light
  1942-1945, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1936-1940, Virginia Military Institute1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-24 Banshee  
  1940-1942, A-24 Banshee
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Last Known Activity
Known as "Stan" while at the Virginia Miliatry Institute in Lexington, Virginia, Lt Aaron graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. and training focused on Field Artillery. 

2nd Lt. Reid Aaron served with the 27th Bomb Group (L), 48th Materiel Squadron, 5th Air Base Group, U.S. Army Air Corps (Far East Air Force). His unit had arrived at Fort McKinley, Luzon, P.I. on 21 November 1941 from Savannah, Georgia as part of what was known as "Operation Plum", aimed at increasing the size of the air support in the Philippines. They were aboard the USS President Coolidge. Their aircraft did not arrive as they were diverted to Australia when the Japanese began their attacks on the Philippines.

The personnel of the 27th remained, which included 2nd Lt. Aaron, were formed into the 2nd Provisional Infantry Regiment and served as infantrymen on Bataan.

The entire unit was taken captive and forced to endure the Bataan Death March following their capture on 9 April 1942.  Of the 880 or so Airmen who were taken, less than half survived captivity.

He died during the Japanese evacuation while being transferred by the prison ship Oryoko Maru which was sunk and then possibly aboard the Brazil Maru enroute from Takao, Formosa to Moji, Japan.. His date of death is listed as 21 January 1945.

A Memorial Marker was placed in his name in Oakwood Cemetery, Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia that reads:
 
In memory of
Reid Stanley Aaron
2nd Lieut U.S.A.A.F.F.E.
Born Oct. 14, 1918
Killed in action
In western Pacific
Jan. 21, 1945
   
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