|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1926|
Santa Clara County
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1945, France|
James enlisted in the Army on 21 Aug 1944 from San Francisco. At the time of his enlistment he was residing in Santa Clara County, CA. He was killed in action in France less than 7 months later. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and several other medals of Valor.
He was attached to the 232nd Infantry, 42nd Division Artillary or 42nd Division Military Police, also know as the Rainbow Division. The Rainbow Division was activated during WWII on 14 Jul 1943, leaving for overseas in the Autumn of 1944, they were designated Task Force Linden
According to some information found on this unit they:
Were in Rhineland 15 Sep 1944 - 21 Mar 1945
Were at Ardennes-Alsace 16 Dec 1944 - 15 Jan 1945
Entered Germany 18 Mar 1945
In Central Europe 22 Mar - 8 May 1945
Arrived in France 7 Dec 1945
Note: If these dates are right then my family history passed down to me would be wrong as James is said to have died on the beaches of Normandy on 13 Mar 1945, the above dates would suggest the company was not there at that time. Also if he died at Normandy why is he buried in Ardennes-Alsace in Belgium. Suddenly I have have more questions than answers.
Update: Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, Dominique Potier, I now have the picture of James' cross that proves his death date is correct.
He was survived by his mother and his only sibling, a sister, who is still alive today Veteran's Day Nov 11, 2011 I believe. His brother in law was Frank Alfred Wilcox who was born 27 Apr 1919 in CA and died 19 Aug 2004 in Sacramento County, CA. Frank married James' sister on 10 Mar 1946 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Jose. He also was survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and his grandmother Ella. His first cousin was my mother, Patricia Jane Greer making James my first cousin once removed.
Avery Benoni Kennedy (1881 - 1940)
Hazel Ann Brown Kennedy (1890 - 1987)
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Arrondissement de Liège
Maintained by: Eileen
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56359105
Thinking of you today and often Jim and wondering how different our family would have been had you come home from WWII. You will never be forgotten.|
Added: May. 30, 2016
Added: Apr. 18, 2016
As always, you are in my thoughts Jim, especially today as our country honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, God Bless you and thank you, your memory lives on.|
Added: May. 25, 2015
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