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MORAN, Eugene M

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MORAN, Eugene Mathew

Servicenumber: 32471777 Moran_Eugene_M

MORAN Eugene M ARD A 24 19 02

Age: 27
Born: 22 February 1917, Monroe County, New York
Hometown: Hilton, Monroe County, New York
Family: William R. Moran (father)
Daisy (Kenyon) Moran (mother)
William S. Moran (brother)
Emma M. (Reed) Moran (wife)
William E. Moran (son)
Rank: Private
Function: Not available
Regiment: 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division – Transport: 101st Airborne Division
Company – Squadron: B Company
Unit – Group: -
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Serialnumber: 43-19797
Type: CG-AA Waco Glider
Destination: Landing Zone W near Best, Holland
Mission: Dropping of members of the 327st Glider Infantry Regiment during Operation Market Garden
MACR: 15332
Date of death: 19 September 1944
Status: KIA
Place of death: Kruishoutem, Belgium
Spot: Not available
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot A, Row 24, Grave 19
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Biography: -
Other information: Pvt Eugene M. Moran enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1942 in Rochester, New York.

Due to bad weather in the vicinity of Ghent several tow planes and gliders encountered navigation problems. The glider piloted by F/O Fry was released from the tow plane for an unknown reason, dropped down, hit some tree tops and crashed in a field. All fifteen passengers and the pilot were killed. On 20 september 1944, they were all buried at the municipal cemetery of Kruishoutem. At that time, Kruishoutem was already liberated.
His brother Pfc William S. Moran was also killed in action during the war.

Source of information: Astrid van Erp, Raf Dyckmans, www.wwiimemorial.com, www.fold3.com - MACR, www.ancestry.com - Family Trees

Photo source: Peter Schouteten, Monty McDaniel, Rochester Democrat Chronicle.

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