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SERV_NO: O-347037
LNAME: PORTERFIELD
FNAME: JAMES
MNAME: THOMAS
SFX: JR
RANK_Posthumous: LT
LOSS_DATE: 12/9/1951
Status per Govt: KIA
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CIRCUMST OF LOSS: Collided with another aircraft during training flight, crashed in water
EVIDENCE_ALIVE:  
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COMMENT1:  
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HOME_CITY: BRIDGEPORT
STATE: OH
BIRTH_DATE: 12/12/1921
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CASE: A392
KWALD_COMMENT:  
CREW_STATUS: Lt James T. Porterfield, Jr., USN, KIA/BNR
SERVICE: USN
DIV_or_GRP: USS VALLEY FORGE
RGT_or_WNG: VF-653
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VEHICLE: F4U-4B
VEH_ID: 97314
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WITH: VF-653
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UTM_Coord: CU4974
KWALD: 2189
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Birth_YR: 1921
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