Veterans' Memorial Project
Charles William Cross
World War II
Phi Kappa Sigma
Lieutenant Cross left the University in 1943 to enter the service. He was an aerial reconnaissance pilot with the Division Artillery, American Division and disappeared in the Bougainville jungle (Papua/New Guinea) in February, 1944. The pilot and his companion, a Fijian lieutenant, crashlanded into the jungle while on their 13th reconnaissance mission, and wandered without food for 12 days until Lt. Cross collapsed. When the Fijian returned later with a rescue party, Lt. Cross had disappeared. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal, Legion of Merit, and Purple Heart.
-taken from Illinois Alumni News, June, 1946Submit additional information or comments