Army Fire Fighting Platoons
Fire Fighting Platoon Members Died in the Line of Duty

Roll of Honor


Private Lemial E. Clutter, 1204th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 23 April 43
Private Clutter was killed by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver at Casablanca, Morocco.

1st Lieutenant Charles M. King, 1206th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 24 March 1944
Lt. King was killed by machine gun fire from a German airplane at the Anzio Beachhead

PFC Thomas R. Turcotte, 1208th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 18 Jan 1944
Unknown at this time

Private Chester W. Owens, 1219th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 24 December 1944
Private Owens died from enemy artilery fire in the Ardennes, Belgium

T/5 John E. Mister, 1221st Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 23 April 1944
Unknown at this time

Unknown Personnel, 1226th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon,  August 1944
3 Unknown members of the 1226th, Normany, France

T/5 Thomas E. Coleman, 1230th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 26 August 1944
Unknown at this time

Unknown member, 1232nd Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, February 1945
Member died from injuries when struck by machine gun fire from a German aircraft, Nancy, France

PFC Thomas H. Leak, 1236th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 23 September 1944
Unknown at this time

PFC Emile Turner, 1243rd Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 23 February 1946
Unknown at this time

PFC Luther Cooper, 1243rd Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 29 May 1946
Unknown at this time

Master Sergeant William H. Ware, 1249th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 1 July 1944
Unknown at this time

Corporal Willie J. Banks, 1250th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 8 June 1944
Corporal Banks died from a gunshot wound he received in the camp area at Aversa, Italy

1st Lieutenant Otto M. Theurer, 1250th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 27 July 1944
Lt. Otto M. Theurer was killed while investigating an ammunition dump fire at Anzio, Italy.

2nd Lt. Orval V. Sawyer, 1250th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 21 January 1946
Unknown at this time.

Staff Sergeant Samuel Turner, 1984th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 19 March 1944
Staff Sergeant Turner died while fighting an ammunition dump fire at Migano, Italy

T/5 William H. Collins, 1986th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 16 April 1944
T/5 Clayton Jones
Private John Puller
The above members of the 1986th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon were killed when the bomb
load on a burning B-24 bomber
exploded at Manduria Airbase, Italy

T/5 Louis Bice,  1989th Engineer Aivation Fire Fighting Platoon, 5 Feb 1945
T/5 Louis Bice died when the aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed near Rome, Itlay

Private Jack Gibson, 1992nd Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 20 May 1944
Private Harland E. Owen
Private Gibson and Owen were killed while engaged in fire fighting operations on a downed P-51 aircraft
at Lucera Airbase, Foggia, Italy

T/5 Elwood F. Evans, 1992nd Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 19 May 1945
Unknown at this time.

Private Clifford Bell, 1995 Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 31 July 1944
Private Clifford Bell died of injuries recieved from an accidental shooting at Borgo Airbase, Italy

Sgt. Lyles W. Densmore, 2010th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 29 March 1944
Richard Weigland
The above members of the 2010th were killed when bombs exploded while engaged in firefighting and
rescue operations when two Liberators which had collided in mid-air crashed to the ground 4 miles east
of Halesworth Airbase, England.

Staff Sergeant John F. Gallagher, 2014th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 18 June 1944
Staff Sergeant Gallagher was killed in a motor vehicle accident near Army Air Force Station #484,
Folkingham, England

Private First Class Fred H. Bothe, 2018th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 28 May 1944
Private Wood Hibbard
Private Fred H. Bothe and Private Wood Hibbard were killed while fighting a fire in an aircraft that
crashed at Ibsley Airbase, England

Private First Class Carl A. Rogers, 2024th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 17 Dec 1943
PFC Rogers died from injuries received in a rail accident at Wattisham Airbase, England

Private Donald E. Morgart and Sgt. Thomas A McKeon, 2025th Engineer Avn Fire Fighting
Platoon, 23 April 1944       F
irefighters were killed when the B-17 they were passengers on caught fire
and crashed at Cooper Farm, Lawshall, 7 miles south of  Bury St. Edmonds Airbase, England

1st Lieutenant William M. Shoemaker, 2027th Engineer Avn Fire Fighting Platoon, 3 Sept 1944
Lt Shoemaker was killed while engaged in firefighting operations when a Halifax bomber crashed and
then exploded 7 miles from Duxford Airbase, England

Sergeant Monroe Atchley, 2033rd Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 4 June 1044
Private Ted Bunalski
Sergeant Monroe and Private Bunalski were killed while fighting a fire in an aircraft that crashed at
Shipdham Airbase, England

1st. Lieutenant Laurence E. Radlinger, 2047th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 9 Dec 44  
Sergeant Roy W. Jones
Sergeant Charles R. Pick
Corporal Inez G. Garcia
T/5 Oscar R. Adams
T/5 Charles P. Lavoy
T/5 Harold A. Nelson
T/5 Leo V. Page
Private First Class George A. Felion
Private First Class Armando R. Orante
Private First Class Joseph H. Sandstrom
Private James C. Brasington
Private Carlos S. Perez
Sergeant Lester C. Crabb  
T/5 Harry A. Dixon  
The above members of the 2047th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon were killed at Advance
Landing Ground A-71, Chastres, France, when a B-26C, #42-107844, returning from an operational
mission crashed at the East-West runway and immediately burst into flames.  The two crash crews
arrived at the scene of the crash at 1134 hours.  The crash crew with the aid of the Medical Corps had
rescued two of the wounded crew members.  In an attempt to rescue the third member the bomb load
which the plane was carrying detonated and resulted in the above casualties.
  

1st Lieutenant Alden B. Parker, 2058th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 1 January, 1944
Sergeant Elmer K. Juelg
Corporial Wilbert G. Reiker
T/5 Leonard S. Luczkowski
T/5 Jerold M. Bostick died 3 Jan at hospital
The above members of the 2058th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon were killed at Advanced
landing Ground A-59,Cormeilles-en-vexin, France, when a plane taking off on a mission crashed and
burned near the end of the runway.  Three crew members of the plane escaped and a fourth was
rescued by firefighters and carried to safety.  Shortly thereafter, the bombs on board the aircraft
exploded killing three firefighters, the fourth died within hours and the fifth died on 3 Jan 45.

1st Lieutenant Allison H. Chapin,  2086th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 20 February
1945
Lieutenant Allison Chaplin was injured on 19 February 1945 by a prematurely exploding rifle grenade in
the Burma-India Theater and died from those injuries on 20 February 1945.

Private First Class Clifford Gallina, 2086th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 27 May 1945
Private Clifford Gallina died when the C-47 aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed in the
Burma-India Theater.

Corporal Ed Paupas, 2096th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 21 March 1945
Corporal Ed Paupas was killed when he fell from the back of a moving crash truck and was struck by a
jeep, Kimbolton Airbase, England.

Private John F. Flahery, 2112th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 9 May 1944
Private John F. Flaherty was killed when a damaged aircraft returning from a mission crashed into his
crash truck, Deopham Airbase, England.  

Private Joseph E. Zokvic, 2123rd Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 8 June 1944
Private Joseph E. Zokvic died from injuries received when the crash truck on which he was responding
was struck by a vehicle at Wattisham Airbase, England

Corporal Anthony G. Papaleo, 2145th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 8 June 1944
Corporal Anthony Papaleo was killed when a 500 lb bomb from a burning Libertor exploded in the
vincinity Gosfield Airbase , England

Private Willie Lovette, 3122nd Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 1 February 1946
Unknown at this time

PFC Fred Ethridge, 3122nd Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon
Unknown at this time

1st Lieutenant Emile Joseph, 2150th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon, 9 December 1944
Unknown at this time at Advanced Landing Ground A-68, Juvincourt, France.

PFC Sherman Knights, 2794th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, 27 January 1946
T/5 Earl E. Spears
Unknown at this time

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Sgt. Joseph J. Chagnon, Hicham Field Fire Department, 7 December 1941
Sgt. Joseph Chagnon died from injuries recieved from a bomb blast outside the Hickam
Field Fire Station.

Pvt. Leo D. Cooper, 1593rd Engineer Utilities Detachment, 21 Jan 1945
Pvt. Cooper died from injuries recieved while fighting a fire at the British POL Depot, Antwerp, Belgium.



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Seaman 1st Class Stanley D. Dosick, Headquarters, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hi, 7 Dec 1941
Seaman Dosick was struck by machine gun fire from a Japanese aircraft while driving a Navy fire truck
enroute to a fire at NAS, Kaneohe Bay, HI.
My friend and fellow researcher Jim Davis at the gravesite of Pvt. Chester W.
Owens at the Henri-Chaplelle Military Cemetery, Belgium.  Pvt. Owens was a
member of the 1219th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon and died 24 Dec 1944
from injuries recieved from enemy artillery in the Ardennes, Belgium.  Thanks
to Jim for the photo.
Private Ted R. Bunalski
2033rd Engineer Aviation FF Platoon
KIA 4 June 44
2nd Lieutenant Orval V. Sawyer
2050th Engineer FF Platoon
KIA 21 January 1946
This "Died In The Line Of Duty" listing is a joint effort on the part of Jim Davis, former
member of the 1204th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon; Allen Ward, Master Sergeant retired,
US Army and Ted Heinbuch, former Army Firefighter Fort Riley, KS, Anne Arundel County
FD, MD. retired.
Pvt. Donald E. Morgart
2025th EAFFP
Cambridge American Cemetery, England
Marshall, IA
Tec 5 Oscar R. Adams
2047th EAFFP
Epinal American Cemetery, France
Virginia
Pvt. Chester W. Owens
1219th EFFP
Henri-Chaplette Cemetery, Belgium
Arizona
Pvt. Ted  R. Bunalski
2033rd EAFFP
Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly, N.J.
1st Lt. Charles M. King
1206th EFFP
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Patterson, NJ
Corporal Anthony G. Papaleo
2145th EAFFP
KIA 8 June 1944
1st Lt. Laurence E. Radlinger
2047 EAFFP
Epinal American Cemetery, France
South Dakota