Garrity, Jack Martin

Rank: Technician Fifth Grade

Unit: Headquarters Troop, 11th Cavalry Group (Mecz)


Entered service: 16-Nov-1942

Enlisted: San Francisco, California

Enlisted by: Selectees (Enlisted Men)

Date of birth: 24-Aug-1906

Hometown: San Mateo County, California

Marital status: Married

Campaign: World War II

Date of casualty: 23-May-1945

Age at death: 39

Cause of death: Died Non-battle, air crash
Jack M. Garrity was a passenger on Flight C-46D (#44-77507) which was taking 40 American soldiers that were ill or injured to hospitals in the Paris, France area and was then eventually going to take them all back to the United States. This flight occurred after Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945.
However this C-46, for unknown reasons, developed a fire in one of it’s two engines and crashed near the village of Taillefontaine, near Paris.
Jack died in the “Line Of Duty”, along with the flights 4 man crew and 40 others when this C-46D crashed.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
TEC5 Jack M. Garrity
PVT Edward Max Gronkowski
TEC4 Floyd A. Kittrell

Location of fatality: Taillefontaine, France

Place of interment: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France

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