Stanley Emerson Sackett

(1923-1944)
FatherThorwald Harvey Sackett (1894-1987)
MotherDorothy Elizabeth Emerson (1898-1995)
Stanley E Sackett
(1923–1944)
(Src: Fort Collins High School Yearbook, 1939)
Stanley Emerson Sackett, son of Thorwald Harvey Sackett and Dorothy Elizabeth Emerson, was born in Livermore, Larimer County, ColoradoG, on 11 February 1923.1 He was killed in action on 8 May 1944 while serving as a US Army Air Force fighter pilot during the Second World War. He was buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Liege, BelgiumG.2,3
     In 1930 Stanley was living in Livermore, ColoradoG, in the household of his parents Thorwald and Dorothy, and was recorded in the census as Stanley E Sackett, aged seven and born in Colorado.4
     In 1940 he was living at South College Street, Fort CollinsG, in the household of his parents Thorwald and Dorothy, and was recorded as Stanley E Sackett, aged 17.5
     Stanley enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on 9 January 1942. After pilot training in Oklahoma and Texas, he was posted to a Eighth US Air Force base in England. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in October 1943. He flew a Thunderbolt fighter plane with the 369th Fighter Squadron, part of the 359th Fighter Group, escorting bomber formations in raids on Germany. After many successful missions, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, he was reported missing after a raid on 8 May 1944. It was subsequently reported that he had been killed in action.6

Fine New Son for Mr. and Mrs. Sackett
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sackett of Livermore are parents of a son born Sunday and who has been named Stanley Emerson Sackett. Mrs. Sackett and little son are at the home of the former's mother, Mrs. H. W. Emerson, 231 South Grant street.

The Fort Collins Express, Fort Collins, Colorado, 14 Feb 1923, p 8.


Sackett Flies Fighter
First Lt. Stanley E. Sackett, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sackett of 1634 South College avenue, is already a veteran of several European bombing missions as a pilot of a Thunderbolt fighter plane with the Eighth U. S. Air force based in England. Rated an expert in aerial gunnery, Lieutenant Sackett flies with the fighter forces escorting the huge U. S. bomber formations that have been pounding Hitler's Europe. He was trained at Chickasha, Okla, Perrin and Foster fields, Texas. He is a graduate of Fort Collins High school and attended Colorado State college.

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado, 18 Jan 1944, p 5

Two County Fliers Missing, Others Receive War Laurels
Wide varieties of fortune befell various Larimer county members of the U.S. Army Air forces recently, a roundup of press dispatches showed today.
     Two of the fliers, Lt. William O'Hare of Loveland and Lt. John Boehm of Estes Park, have been reported missing in action over Europe.
     Another, First Lt. Stanley E. Sackett, 21, of Fort Collins, has been awarded the Air medal "for meritorious flights over Germany and the occupied countries" in his Thunderbolt fighter plane.
     ...
On 20 Missions
     Lieutenant Sackett, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sackett of 1634 South College avenue, is a combat pilot in a fighter group now escorting U.S. bombers over Europe. He also is eligible for a "cluster" for his Air medal and has had more than 20 successful air missions. He was promoted to first lieutenant last Oct. 17.

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado, 20 Mar 1944, pp 1-2

Colorado Soldiers Are Missing on War Fronts
Washington, June 24. (AP)—The war department today announced names of 1,468 American soldiers missing, including:
     ...
     In the European area:
     Colorado—... First Lt. Stanley E. Sackett, son of Mrs. Dorothy E. Sackett, 1634 South College avenue, Fort Collins...

The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado, 24 Jun 1944, p 2

Colorado Casualty List Announced
Washington, Oct. 28, (AP)—The war department today made public the names of 2,113 soldiers killed in action. They include:
     European area:
     Colorado—... 1st. Lt. Stanley E. Sackett; mother Mrs. Dorothy E. Sackett, Fort Collins. ...

The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado, 29 Oct 1944, p 11

86 Men on Honor Roll
Throughout Larimer county and the nation, tomorrow's observance of Armistice day will be taken as a suitable occasion for special remembrance of men of the United States armed forces who in the nearly three years of this country's participation in World war II have given their lives.
     Larimer county's families count a total of 86 men of the Army, Navy, Marine corps and Army and Navy Air forces who have died in battle or been killed in accidents during their war training.
     ...
     Larimer county's "Gold Star" list ... follows:
...
Stanley E. Sackett, lieutenant, AAF.

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado, 10 Nov 1944, pp 1-2

Officer's Will Filed.
On file for probate in County court today was the will of First Lt. Stanley Sackett, who was killed in action over Europe on May 8. The will designated the flier's mother, Mrs. Dorothy Emerson Sackett, as executrix, and was witnessed by three fellow officers of the 369th Fighter squadron, 359th Fighter group, of which Lieutenant Sackett was a member. The will bequeathed back pay, war bonds and an automobile to Mrs. Sackett.

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado, 6 Dec 1944, p 2.

Stanley E Sackett
Fort Collins
Sigma Phi Epsilon
(Src: Colorado State University Yearbook, 1942)
First Lt Stanley E Sackett (1923–1944)
(Src: Find a Grave, R Davidson)
Lieutenant Sackett
(Src: Fort Collins Coloradoan, 20 Mar 1944)
"Stanley E. Sackett
1 Lt 369 Ftr Sq 359 Ftr Gp
Colorado May 8 1944"
(Src: Find a Grave, Fred)
P-47 Thunderbolt, World War II
(Src: Wikipedia)

 Notes & Citations

  1. The Fort Collins Express, Fort Collins, Colorado, 14 Feb 1923, p 8.
  2. Website Find A Grave.
  3. "U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S., Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949", digital image, Ancestry.com, "Sackett, Stanley E, of Colorado, First Lieutenant, service no. O-675725, 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II, d. 8 May 1944, bur. Ardennes, Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium, plot A, row 20, grave 12, decorations Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, father Thorwald H Sackett, 231 South Grant St, Fort Collins, Colo."
  4. 1930 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Page 1B, Enumeration District 0005, FHL microfilm 2339979
    Livermore, Larimer, Colorado, 2 Apr 1930
    Sackett, Thorvald H, head, 35, m. at 22, farmer manager, general farm, b. CO, father b. IL, mother b. Sweden, home rented
    Sackett, Dorothy E, wife, 31, m. at 18, b. ME, father b. NH, mother b. ME
    Sackett, Leslie A, daughter, 9, b. CO, father b. CO, mother b. ME
    Sackett, Stanley E, son, 7, b. CO, father b. CO, mother b. ME
    Smith, Hazel L, lodger, 26, b. WY, father b. IL, mother b. CO.
  5. 1940 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, m-t0627-00467
    South College, Fort Collins, Larimer, Colorado, 19 Apr 1940
    Sackett, Thorwald, head, 45, ? and milling, private business, own account, b. CO, home owned, $5500
    Sackett, Dorothy, wife, 41, b. ME
    Sackett, Leslie A, daughter, 19, b. CO
    Sackett, Stanley E, son, 17, b. CO
    Smith, Hazel, lodger, 36, substitute telephone operator, b. WY.
  6. "US World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938–1946", database, Ancestry.com, "Sackett, Stanley E, single, without dependents (single), 1923, educ 1 year of college, occ Actors and actresses, enlisted 9 Jan 1942, Air Corps, ht 69, wt 147."
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