United States Army Aircrew – 6 February 1943

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In August 1989 the remains of Fawn and two other crewmen of a downed World War II transport plane, discovered in New Guinea in 1988, were returned to Arlington National Cemetery for burial – 46 years after they died.

Once again the heart-stirring elegy of Taps sounded over the long green slopes and their sheltered oaks. Later someone, intending kindness, said to the 94-year-old Julia Fawn, “This must have been hard for you.” “No,” she replied, “I'm at peace now. My son has come home.”


Edward G. Piekutowski

Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 36238257
33rd Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: 17-Dec-45
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart – Remains Recovered


Corporal Emil W. Erickson
Corporal, United States Army
6 February 1943

Private Clifford J. Fawn
Private, United States Army
6 February 1943

Private First Class Edward G. Piekutowski
Private First Class, United States Army
6 February 1943

They are buried in section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery.

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