James David Garcia

Recent Address: Idalia, CO
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Family Info: Parents: James and Ethel; Wife: Betty
Hometown: Del Norte, CO
Date Entered Service: June, 1939
Service Number: O-022069
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 25th
Location of Unit: Puerto Rico; India
Missions Flown: 11 missions over India; He used his wife's name, “Betty,” as the signal for “bombs away” on the historic first B-29 mission, the Yawata strike of June 15th 1944.
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Awards: >Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart; Air Medal. The Purple Heart was received for knife wounds received while escaping after being kidnapped by a spy ring in Calcutta, India
Service Schools: West Point, 1939 graduate; Kelly Air Field, 1940
MOS: Chief Intelligence Officer
Rank Upon Discharge: Colonel
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Comments: Colonel Garcia died in a plane crash on August 23, 1945. The tragic accident which took Colonel Garcia's life occurred only a few days before he was to have been returned to the U.S. after having been overseas 45 months since 1941. He was killed with three other persons when their B-29 stalled just off the ground in a routine check flight takeoff from Harmon Field on Guam.
He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI.

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