Simpson, Jerome Laurin, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, M 0273, 374th Troop Carrier Group
Service Years
1941 - 1942
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
New Caledonia, Pacific Area

Casualty Date
Dec 25, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
New Caledonia
World War II
Location of Interment
Iva City Cemetery - Iva, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
5th Air Force374th Troop Carrier Group
  1941-1942, 5th Air Force
  1942-1942, M 0273, 374th Troop Carrier Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
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Clemson University
  1937-1941, Clemson University
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C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1942-1942, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
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Last Known Activity
Jerome Laurin Simpson was born in Iva, South Carolina on December 6, 1919. He was the son of John L. and Annie Lois Jones Simpson. After completing high school, he enrolled at Clemson University, graduating with the Class of 1941.

No enlistment, commissioning, or pilot training record has been located. The first mention of military service comes from a citation to accompany the award of the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in October through November, 1942. At the time, he is listed as a pilot with the 374th Troop Carrier Group.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for the same period, and it is noted he received the Air Medal for accomplishing 25 missions.

He was riding in a jeep on New Caledonia, Pacific area, when a Japanese air raid occurred on December 25, 1942. A single bomb hit the jeep, killing all occupants. Lt. Simpson's body was returned to the U.S. and he lies buried in the Iva City Cemetery in Iva, South Carolina. register.xls


The 374th Troop Carrier Group was formed at Archer Air Field in Brisbane, Australia in 1942, and sent to the Central Pacific Area to be used in transporting troops, supplies, equipment, and for ferrying wounded personnel.

With no Missing Air Crew Report or accident report involving an aircraft, it is difficult to find the squadron (out of 4 assigned) of the 374th TCG to which he was actually assigned.

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