Robert E. McCollom

World War II
Service #O-468926
RankFirst Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
UnitHeadquarters Squadron, Far East Air Service Command
Entered Service From
Date of DeathMay 13, 1945
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

1st Lt. McCollom is one of 18 servicemen and women killed in an aircraft crash in a remote part of Papua New Guiana on May 13, 1945. Initially buried in field graves near the crash site, their remains were not recovered by the War Department until more than a decade after the war. Once recovered and identified, all 18 were interred as a group burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Missouri. Their names are permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

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.
Purple Heart