Vedder, Milton Norwood, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7302-Pilot VMF
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 7302, 1st MAW
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Officer Collar Insignia

First Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bakersfield/Coalinga/Los Angeles, California

Casualty Date
Feb 11, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
New Zealand
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section K Site 75

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Wings

 Unit Assignments
VMF-2131st MAW
  1943-1943, VMF-213
  1944-1944, 7302, 1st MAW
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended
Stanford University
  1938-1941, Stanford University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Milton Vedder was a Marine Corps "ace", having shot down 6 Japanese aircraft in aerial combat. He shot down 3  Japanese Mitsubishi G4Ms near Vella Lavella , Solomon Islands in July 1943. (Note:  The G4M was a 2 engine medium bomber, codenamed "Betty".)

He was awarded two DFCs during the War.

He served with VMF-213, MAG-11, 1st MAW, FMF.  F4U 1(Bu. No. 02413) shot down ion 25 April 1943 in Russell Islands; F4U-1 (Bu No. 02384) shot down on Guadalcanal on 2 July 1943.  Awarded Purple Heart.

In second tour in the South Pacific, he served with Marine Air Depot Squadron 1, 1st Marine Air Wing, FMF,. He was shot down 11 February 1944. (Note: Aircraft and full circumstances  of loss not known. Died in Auckland, New Zealand.)

He was initially interred in Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lt. Vedder married Beatrice Anne Bedwell, Sydney, New SOuth Wales, Australia in 1943. She passed away in Hawaii, ag age 81 (of Kawela, Moloka'i).
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