Staff Sergeant CLIFFORD NEIL KIRKPATRICK 17068506 KIA,
Staff Sergeant CLIFFORD NEIL KIRKPATRICK 17068506 KIA, US Army Air Corps. He was born on April 17, 1921, in Saline, Missouri. He was the son of Orel Lester Kirkpatrick and Lois Ola Griffin Kirkpatrick. He attended rural schools in Mercer County, he was a graduate of Cainsville High School in 1939. He attended Chillicothe Business College and the American Aeronautical school in Kansas City. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 10, 1942, at the age of 21. He trained in Stations-Inducted at Camp Dodge, Iowa; Coffeyville, Kansas; Buckley Field, Colorado, spring of 1943; Lowry Field, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Wendover Field, Utah; Moses Lake, Washington; Walla Walla , Washington; Redmond, Oregon, Grand Island, Nebraska. He left for overseas from Presque Island, Maine, September 13., 1943. He served as an aerial gunner on a B-17 42-39803 “The Wolf” in the European Theater of operation in the 324th Bomb Sqd. 91st Bomb Group 8th Air Force. He was awarded the Air Medals with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. Was given a citation by General H. H. Arnold and one by President Roosevelt. He was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He served overseas for 17 Months before he was reported Missing in Action on February 4 , 1944, he was on a bombing mission over Frankfurt, Germany. He died on February 4, 1944, at the age of 22, and was buried in Mercer, Missouri. He was awarded the Air Medals with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. Was given a citation by General H. H. Arnold and one by President Roosevelt. He was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
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