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CAPT George Van Vleet Jr.
Fri Mar 23, 2018 13:03

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
Captain George Van Vleet, Jr., U.S. Army Air Corps, 38th Bomb Group, was a passenger on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944. While at the Department of Defense in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which noted that CAPT Van Vleet was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date. Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery plot on Tarawa. In 2016, the Foundation received "Family Report" requests from CAPT Van Vleet's family which were provided immediately with updated information. In 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded and provided to the Department of Defense. The Congressional Report listed CAPT Van Vleet as one of the four aircrew casualties who were buried as an "Unknown" in the Punchbowl. CAPT Van Vleet's identification was officially announced on 23 March 2018. Welcome home Captain! We share the joy of your family in your return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

    • ThanksLeroy Kisling, Jr, Fri Mar 23 23:36
      Thank you!
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