(October 25, 1945) – Corporal Benjamin Lucas, 23, was killed in a plane crash in China on Sept. 28. Lucas, son of Mrs. Louise Lucas of Newark Place, was on his way home when the plane was destroyed in a crash.
Cpl. Lucas had completed two years in the Far East, most recently stationed at the headquarters of Chinese Combat Command. He enlisted in the Army in March 1942. Cpl. Lucas was first stationed in India. He went through the reopening of the Burma Road and was with the Mars Task Force.
The young man had three battle stars, and had been shot by Jap snipers in the past.
Among his survivors are his brother Pfc. Andrew Lucas who was in Europe. The two brothers exchanged 500 letters while separated.
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