Aubrey Ford Garrett

Aubrey Ford Garrett

World War II · US Army · Sergeant

Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett

    Aubrey was born August 4, 1920 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, one of three brothers including Hodge and Edward. His father L. Carsey Garrett, born in Alabama was a blacksmith for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, his mother, Connor a homemaker born in Louisiana.

    In 1940 Aubrey had already graduated from Ouachita Parish High School and was a locomotive fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He married Lillian Martha Marhefka on August 1, 1939 and their daughter, Diane was born in 1942.

    Aubrey enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 15, 1942.

    Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett’s Liberator Bomber crashed while on a secret mission near Milan, Italy on October 4th, 1944. All onboard were killed and were repatriated in a single mass grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO on January 16, 1950.

    Consolidated B-24 Liberator earned its nickname when crew members found it difficult to fly, thanks to its stiff and heavy controls.

    The names of the interred are:

    Sgt. Arthur E. Blackwell

    2nd Lt. Bob H. Bookout

    Sgt. Isaac E. Carmack

    S.Sgt. James J. Ferguson

    Sgt. Aubrey F. Garrett

    Sgt. Francis J. Grochala

    2nd Lt. Irving B. Reider

    Sgt. Carroll Savage

    Capt. Charles R. Sloan

    2nd Lt. John W. Wilson

    Gaspare R. Pace Italian civilian

    Two unknown Italian civilians

    Sgt. Garrett was awarded the Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidental Unit Citation, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.