Marchione, Anthony James, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0940-Aerial Photographer
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1945-1945, M 0940, 312th Bombardment Group, Light
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Foreign Language(s)
Italian
Sergeant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pottstown, PA
Last Address
Yontan Airfield, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Aug 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
Location of Interment
Saint Aloysius Cemetery - Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 68, Grave 3

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 Unit Assignments
20th Reconnaissance Squadron312th Bombardment Group, Light
  1944-1945, M 0940, 20th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1945-1945, M 0940, 312th Bombardment Group, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  B-32 Dominator  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator1
  1945-1945, B-32 Dominator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Anthony J. Marchione was an aerial photographer with the 20th Combat Reconnaissance Squadron. Prior to service out of Okinawa, he had been a photographer aboard the F-7 (a modified B-24 bomber fitted out for photographic reconnaissance and mapping missions in the South Pacific.)

On 18 August 1945, he was in a flight of two B-32s, aboard a B-32 (tail number 42-108578), of the 386th Bomb Squadron, 312th Bomb Group, flying out of Yonton Airfield, Okinawa.  The mission of the unit was to photograph that the Japanese were in compliance with the ceasefire. It became readily apparent when the group was attacked by Japanese aircraft as they crossed the shoreline over Japan. (The missions on the previous day had the same result.)

However, Sgt. Anthony J. Marchione was severely wounded and died in the air when his aircraft was hit by Japanese cannon fire over Honshu in an attack by Japanese fighter aircraft.

He is listed as the last American killed in WWII.

He was initially interred on Okinawa, and 1949 moved to St. Aloysious Old Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania (St. Paul’s Section, Lot. 68, Grave 3).
   
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Notes/Links:

http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/the-last-american-to-die-in-world-war-ii/

ancestry.com  (gravesite information)

http://mysite.verizon.net/yenrav/20cms/memoriam.htm

http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/The_Last_to_Die.html (detailed analysis of the incident)

http://mysite.verizon.net/yenrav/20cms/photos4.htm (Crew photo from Davis-Monthan AB, Tucson prior to reassignment to the 20th CMS in May 1945).
   
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