Gillespie, Samuel Thomas, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1942-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

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State of Birth
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback


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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen


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Last Known Activity
Marine Scout Bombing Squadron (VMSB-141) was commissioned on March 1, 1942 at Camp Kearny in San Diego, California. On August 30, 1942 they departed San Diego for the South Pacific and arrived at Henderson Airfield, Guadalcanal on September 23, 1942 and became part of the Cactus Air Force (CAF). On the night of October 13??14, the squadron lost 26 of its 29 aircraft and five officers, including the commanding officer and executive officer, to shelling from Japanese battleships off the coast of Guadalcanal. The squadron fought on the island until November 19, 1942 when they were transferred to the Efate in the New Hebrides. During its time with the CAF the squadron would lose 18 of its 41 officers killed in action.

Capt Samuel Thomas Gillespie, pilotr, who on October 17, 1942 did not return from a patrol. He was listed as missing for one year and a day, then declared dead. Nobody knows what happened.
   
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Body Not Recovered

Distinguished Flying Cross
Captain Samuel T. Gillespie (MCSN: 0-11362), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, in actions against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
Action Date: World War II
   
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Pilot Wings
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
NAS Corpus Christi TX, US NavyVMSB-141Missing In Action
  1942-1942, 7599, NAS Corpus Christi TX, US Navy
  1942-1942, 7598, VMSB-141
  1942-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
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