(March 5, 1943) -- A military funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at Stirratt's Funeral
home for Cpl. Samuel S. Powers who was killed last Friday when his
four-motor army transport crashed in Homestead, Fla., shortly after its
take-off from Morrison Field on a mission for the ferry command.
Seventh local casualty in World War II, the Wednesday afternoon service and
burial in East Ridgelawn Memorial park where attended by a group of ten
soldiers from Jersey City.
The Rev. Robert Falconer of St. Paul's Congregational church of which the
deceased was a member, officiated.
American Legion services were also held at the funeral home on Monday
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Powers of Newark, formerly of this town, the newly
commissioned corporal, one of five crew members killed in the crash, would
have celebrated his 25th birthday on Sunday.
He was inducted on February 26, 1942, and completed his training as flight
engineer at Kessler Field in Mississippi before being assigned to the ferry
command at Memphis, Tenn.
It is understood that he had been looking forward to a furlough in the near
future. Last home on a four-day pas at Thanksgiving, his family said that he
had just returned from a ferry trip abroad.
IN LOCAL ORCHESTRA
Employed by the Canadian Bank of Commerce in New York for five years before
entering the service, Powers had attended the American Institute of Banking
for three years and was a graduate of Nutley high school.
Born in Newark, he was raised here, and had played the saxophone in the high
school band and local orchestras. He had been a member of the Boy Scouts,
the Sagamores of St. Paul's church and the Royal Arcanum, Kempton Council.
His parents, who resided at Yale street, moved to Newark after his
induction. He is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Frederick Klein, and Mrs.
Frederick Steengaard of Rahway, Mrs. Frederick Whitman of Waukesha, Wis.,
and a brother George of Kenilworth.
The Nutley Sun, March 5, 1943:
MILITARY RITES FOR CPL. POWERS
Killed In Plane Crash, Member Of Ferry Command Is 7th Local Casualty
American Legion Post 70
National World War II Memorial