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Pvt James W Denkins
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1923
Death: Jul. 11, 1943

Thank you to contributor Jan Bos (#47634285)
from Nijmegen, Holland for the following information:

Pvt James W. Denkins was a paratrooper in B Company 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped into Sicily during the night of 9 July 1943 during the so-called operation Husky, which started the following day. He was killed during the battle for Biazza Ridge in Sicily on 11 July 1943. He was first buried in the 505th cemetery on ridge in grave 1-1-3. Two weeks later his remains were exhumed and reburied in the temporary American Cemetery GELA in grave D-44-526, date of burial was 3 August 1943.

After the war his remains were repariated and buried in a cemetery in the States.

I am writing a book about the GELA cemetery and would like to use the picture you took of his grave. Can I have your permission to use it, of course you will be credited and informed when the book is finished (next year).


Private James W. Denkins, Company C of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion was killed in action, July 11, 1943 in Sicily, Italy by friendly fire. He is buried at Highland Burial Park in Danville, Pittsylvania county, Virginia.

James W. Denkins was born, October 19, 1923 in Pyttsylvania county, Virginia as son of Tadeus Winfield Denkins (1902-1981) and Verdie May Gusler Denkins (1901-1988). He attended grammar school and worked in the textiles industry.

He was enlisted in the Army on July 4, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia as a private ( Army Serial Number 13065281 ) and was killed in action on 11 July 1943, at the Gela airport, Sicily by friendly fire. He was initially buried in the Temporary American War Cemetery at Gela, Sicily. In July of 1948 the remains of Pvt. Denkins were brought back to the United States and he was permanently buried in the Highland Memorial Park, Danville, Virginia on 4 August 1948.

Family links: 
  Thadeus Winfield Denkins (1902 - 1981)
  Verdie Gusler Denkins (1901 - 1988)
  James W Denkins (1923 - 1943)
  John G Denkins (1928 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Highland Burial Park
Danville City
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: 307th Airborne Engineer ...
Originally Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Jun 26, 2012
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Pvt James W Denkins
Added by: Jeff Hall
Pvt James W Denkins
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- joan
 Added: May. 19, 2013

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