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Jack William Gerritsen

 

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Family Information:

Parents: Wilimena and Gerrit; Wife: Georgia; Children:Margie, Jacqui, Charley, Chipper, and David

Hometown:

Inglewood, CA

Date Entered Service:

November 12, 1942

Service Number:

19180581

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

770th

Location of Unit:

Walker AAFB, Kansas - September 1943

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

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Awards/Decorations:

American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Purple Heart

Service Schools Attended:

Boeing B-29 Specialist Course Seattle WA ; Aircraft Mechanics Course Gulfport MS

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:

Sergeant

Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6299 Humpin' Honey

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 11, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Jack was employed by United Airlines for 23 years. He was a reserve in the San Bruno, CA Police Dept. for 5 years, rising to the rank of Captain. He was a member of the San Mateo County (CA) Sheriff's Dept. Reserves for 28 years rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was also involved in search and rescue off the coast of San Mateo County (CA)

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Jack is no longer here to express his thoughts. He passed away in June, 2002. We, as his family, are very proud of the service he gave to his country. He worked for Northrop Aircraft Corp. and that job gave him a deferment from military service. He believed in fighting for "mom and apple pie" so strongly that he gave up his deferment and enlisted.

Comments:

Mr. Gerritsen passed away June 28, 2002 and is buried at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, CA.

 


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