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Memorial Day
May 28, 2007, 5:17 pm
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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

MARINE FIGHTING SQUADRON 223, MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 24

FIRST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING, FLEET MARINE FORCE

C/O FLEET POST OFFICE, SAN FRANSISCO, CALIFORNIA

29 FEBRUARY 1944

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Stewart

Poynette, Wisconsin

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stewart,

It is with the deepest regret that I confirm the telegram previously sent you notifying you of the death of your son, Major Harlan E. Stewart, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Major Stewart was killed in action on February 25, 1944 when his plane crashed after it had been struck and damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire. His body was recovered and was buried in the cemetery at the advance base from which this squadron is operating. You will understand of course that for reasons of security, the location of this base cannot be divulged at the present time…

World War II Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945

Wisconsin Dead

*******
Major Harlan Stewart Killed in Action in Pacific

In Command of Forty Fighter Planes

According to a telegram received Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart of Route 2, their son, Major Harlan Stewart, 28, U.S.M.C. flight commander, whose promotion was announced last week, has been killed in action in the Southwest Pacific … Surviving him besides his parents are two sisters, Mrs. Doris L.– at home with her parents [because she had a newborn while her husband, my grandfather, was stationed elsewhere], and Catherine, a radio instructor formerly at Truax but now of Scott Field, Ill. [a Morse code instructor, she was not married because her fiance had also been killed in action in Europe], and one brother, Kenneth, on Route 2.

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