Jacob Earl "Shorty" Manch, 0-389941, Lieutenant Colonel
Co-Pilot Crew 3

ppointed Second Lieutenant Infantry Reserve, May 10, 1940.  Enlisted as Flying Cadet on February 10, 1941 and graduated from Advanced Flying School, Stockton, California, with rating as pilot in September, 1941.  Assigned to 17th Bomb Group at Pendleton Field, Oregon.  Remained in China-Burma-India Theater after Tokyo Raid until June, 1943.  Assigned to Stateside bases in California, Utah, and New Jersey during the rest of the war.  Served in Japan and Korea as Air Liaison Officer with 7th U.S. Infantry Division during Korean War.  Returned to the United States in September, 1953 and stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.  Killed in bail out of T-33 aircraft accident near Las Vegas, Nevada on March 24, 1958.  Decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal, and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

Born December 26, 1918, Staunton, Virginia
Died March 24, 1958
Crash of T-33 near Las Vegas, NV

Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22211

Section 30 Grave 59
Interment 3/31/1958

Jacob E. Manch Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV named in his honor

Manch Conference Room, General Aviation Terminal, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave, VA dedicated May 18, 1996






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George Vass
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