39th Bomb Group (VH)

Flight Engineer's

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Master Sergeant Roy V. Duncan
Flight Engineer

Entered the Service from: Texas
Died: April 16, 1945
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Accoding to National Archives and Records Administration's WWII enlistment records for M/Sgt Roy V. Duncan:

Was from Shelby County, Texas

He entered the service from: Fort Sam Houson, Texas on 29 August 1940 in the Infantry. Enlisting for 3 years.

His civilian occupation at the time was listed as Automobile Serviceman.

Martial Status was listed as single, no dependants.

Marlon Zetty, his grandmother was Roy Duncan's cousin, states that Roy's date of birth was 14 September 1906. Which is confirmed by Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery Records found on The family called Roy "RV"

According to Roy's enlistment records - his year of birth is listed as 1910*.

Roy's parents J. J. "Dode" Duncan and Lona Youngblood Duncan were born in 1874 and 1880 respectively. Lona Duncan died 10/21/1987 just 2 months shy of her 107th birthday. At the time of Roy's death he also left behind two brothers and one sister; several aunts and uncles and many cousins. According to cemetery records Roy V had two brothers who preceded him in death: Charles Duncan born: 1/22/1905 died: 10/16/1905 and Perry Duncan born 11/04/1914 died: 05/25/1917.

* Marlon's theory: As far as the birth year discrepancy in his enlistment record goes, he enlisted before the war, obviously, in 1940, at nearly 34 years of age. This is purely speculation on my part, but here's my theory: After Pearl Harbor, men who were too young lied about their ages in order to serve; could it be that "RV" was too old to serve in the pre-war Army, and may have lied about his age?

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Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission War Dead Database; National Archives & Records Admin database; Marlon Zetty