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USMC Casualty Card - John F. McGrath O-037237 (Rear)
"Certificate of Death received from zone Aug 15 1945 - Conf. War Diary 68452 for VMF 212, 2nd MAW, FMF, for July 1945 Rec'd 17 Aug 1945, Rec'd as Died 8-21-45 states that Lt. McGrath was killed in action when his plane failed to pull out of a rocket dive and crashed into the water several hundred yards SW of Sonai Town at 1435. The cause was unknown, but the probability that it might have been due to AA fire is indicated by the fact that 2 pilots from VMF-223 returned with flak fragments embedded in their planes. ConfAdmRep-fr CG, 2nd MAW, FMF, PAC -2ndEnd-dtd 14Aug45 CFC rec'd 7Sep45 fwd to JAG. (NROM) (mk) * Determined non-recoverable by Field Board 10Apr1950 (mls)"
Credit: USMC Casualty Card Date: July 21, 1945

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