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.
Location of fatality: Taillefontaine, France
Place of interment: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France