Donald Stainthorpe Sirman
Captain, U.S. Air Force
35 FTR BOMB SQ 8 FTR BOMB GP
Place of Birth:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:March 04, 1922
Date of Death:June 14, 1951
Status:Killed while Prisoner of War
Wars or Conflicts:
Courts of the Missing: Court 8
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Captain Sirman was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 35th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Group. On July 7, 1950, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire. He survived the crash and was taken Prisoner of War, forced to march to North Korea on the “Tiger Death March”, and was killed by a guard at An-Dong, North Korea on June 14, 1951. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** For his leadership and valor, Captain Sirman was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
There is an “In Memory Of” Headstone in Arlington National Cemetery
which memoralizes Captain Sirman. His body was never recovered.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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