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    By way of introduction I am a decendant of Samuel A. Drake, pfc 803rd Engineer Aviation Battalion, Co A. My uncle was determined to be MIA on 6-May-1942 in the Phillipines. From the information I have gathered, talking with Joe Vater (member of the same company and a POW) and Clarence Campbell (author of the article "A Tribute to the 803rd Engineers") there is some concise information available from them. If anyone has roosters, citation information, etc. for the 803rd please share it with me. My mother is 93 and we are putting this information together for her, I have some information and citations from my grandmother (silver star, purple heart, asiatic campaign ribbon), Mr. Campbell related to me that Co. A was also, awarded the US Presidential Unit Citation (3 times-Co's B, C were awarded only once) and the Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation. The personnel at Military records said there was very little information on my uncle due to a fire, however I was instructed by one of the above gentlemen to obtain a Privacy Act Release Form from my congressman and they will request information on my behalf. So making a short story long, if anyone has information on the 803rd please reply.
  2. samligon

    My uncle Cliff

    I have been researching information from the 803rd Eng Av Bn, company A due to my uncle being a member of that detachment. He was listed as MIA on 6-May-1942 per the information from the American Battle Monuments Commission (Manila American Cemetery). I talked to Mr. Joe Vater this a.m. and he knew my uncle due to his assignment to Co. A, I also, talked to a Mr. Clarence E. Campbell who wrote a article for the RUAN regarding the 803rd Eng, that is all the information that I have at this time.