Benton Freeman

World War II
Service #16004461
Unit70th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium
RankStaff Sergeant U.S. Army Air Forces
Entered Service From Illinois
Date of DeathJanuary 28 1944
Walls of the Missing
Purple Heart
Purple Heart

SSGT Freeman was initially listed as Missing in Action with the rest of his crew. The Administrative Date of Death was set at January 17, 1946. Following the war his aircraft was located and the crew recovered and identified with a revised Date of Death as January 28, 1944, the date they were initially reported missing. They are all buried as a group in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. His name is permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.