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Martin O Vangsness 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
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17 Dec 1941 1
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Army Serial Number:
17036120 1
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Ft Snelling Minnesota 1
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321stBG,447thBS, Lt Martin Vangsness, DNB 1942

South Carolina

321st Bomb Group Training loss;   321stBG,447thBS, Lt Martin O Vangsness (Orig. Cadre', died in Training Acct.)

Vangsness, Martin O., 2Lt., Pilot, Enlistment Service # : 17036120
Officer's Service # :
KILLED IN TRAINING FLIGHT CRASH of a BG 309th plane on 13 September 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina
321stBG,447thBS, 309th Bomb Group, Columbia, SC.
Vangsness and Urquhart were killed in an early morning flight in a plane of the 309 th. Bombardment Group, also of Columbia Army Air. Base, Columbia, sc ...

http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=53688 57th Bomb Wing Gallery-Albums; 321st BG, 447th BS, Memorial for Lt Martin Vangsness.

Vangsness, Martin O., 2Lt., Pilot, Enlistment Service # : 17036120
Officer's Service # :
KILLED IN TRAINING FLIGHT CRASH of a BG 309th plane on 13 September 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
NAME VANGSNESS#MARTIN#O######  VANGSNESS#MARTIN#O######  
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 17036120  17036120  
RESIDENCE: STATE 77  NORTH DAKOTA  
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 101  WARD  
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 7435  FT SNELLING MINNESOTA  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 17  17  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 12  12  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 41  41  
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION AV#C  Aviation Cadet  
GRADE: CODE 9  Aviation Cadet  
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION AC#  Air Corps  
BRANCH: CODE 20  Air Corps  
FIELD USE AS DESIRED #  #  
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5  Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law  
LONGEVITY ###  ###  
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0  Civil Life  
NATIVITY 77  NORTH DAKOTA  
YEAR OF BIRTH 20  20  
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1  White, citizen  
EDUCATION 6  2 years of college  
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 031  Teachers (secondary school) and principals  
MARITAL STATUS 6  Single, without dependents  
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 6  Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10  
CARD NUMBER #  #  
BOX NUMBER 0242  0242  
FILM REEL NUMBER 2.99#  2.99#  
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South Caroline Death Certificates
Standard Certificate Of Death
State Of South Carolina
Bureau of Vital Statistics
State Board of Health
Name: Martin O. Vangsness
Service Number:
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 13 September 1942
Place of Death: Fort Jackson, Richland Co. South Carolina
Sex: Male
Race: White
Age: 22y 2m 17d
Cause of Death: DEAD ON ARRIVAL
Aeroplane crash resulting in 1. Fracture of the base of the skull
2. Laceration and Hemorrhage of the brain
ACCIDENT on 13 September 1942 at
Columbia Army Air Base, Columbia, South Carolina
V. D. Francis, Captain, MC, Registrar, Station Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Date of Birth:  27 June 1920
Place of Birth: Carpio, North Dakota
Place of Burial: Carpio, North Dakota
Date of Burial: 18 September 1942
Cemetery: Not Given
Funeral Home: J.W. McCormick, Inc., Columbia, SC
Occupation: Officer (PILOT)
Employer: U.S. Army
Time Spent at Occupation:
SS#:
Marital Status: Single
Spouse:
Residence: Carpio, North Dakota
Father:  Andrew Vangsness
Father's Place of Birth: Bergen, Norway
Mother's Maiden: Anna Hagen
Mother's Place of Birth: Oslo, Norway
Informant: U.S. Army Service Record
Certificate#: 12054
Registrar: J. Arthur Smith
Filed: 15 September 1942
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source      
Martin O. Vangsness Carpio, ND U.S. Army Air Forces Mr. Elmer C. Vangsness  
Martin O. Vangsness
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces
HOMETOWN: Carpio, ND
HONORED BY: Mr. Elmer C. Vangsness, Brother    

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
PILOT ON A B-25. HE WAS KILLED IN A CRASH ON WAY TO CUBA. CRASHED NEAR THE CREWS HOME BASE AT COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1942. MEDALS INCLUDE THE PURPLE HEART. BORN 1920.
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From: findagrave.com:
PHOTO of Headstone & Cemetery Entrance:
Martin O. Vangsness
Birth:  Jun. 27, 1920
Death:  Sep. 13, 1942  
Note: W W 2 Veteran   
Burial: Saint Johns Cemetery
Carpio, Ward County, North Dakota, USA


 

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 321st BG Historical Research Team;  John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly.

 

Martin "Find a Grave" http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7009388 57th Bomb Wing Gallery Al;bums; http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=53688 Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

WWII Training Losses; M Vangsness and D Urquart

South Carolina

 War Diaries: FROM: 321_BG_1942-08 thru 1943-01

447th Bombardment Squadron Special Account:   August 28, 1942:   This date we had our first and only casualties of the training period.  Going along as co-pilots with a 309th Bombardment Group plane and pilot, Lts. Urquhart and Vangsness were killed instantly when their plane crashed one quarter mile from the runway at 5:30 in the morning.  Fog had a great deal to do with the accident.
Urquhart, Dan, 2Lt, 447th BS                            Vangsness, 2Lt, 447th BS


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