James Thomas Lucas

James Thomas Lucas

Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 155187597 · View Source
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James served as a Cook, S.S. Paul Hamilton, Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.

On her fifth voyage the S.S. Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on April 2, 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group and the 5th Reconnaissance Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy.

On the evening of April 20th the Hamilton and other ships in the convoy were attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers.

One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

James was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star!

His remains were not recovered.

James' name is only shown here at the Maryland National World War II Memorial.

This memorial to him is a "cenotaph" in his honor!

Son of Mrs. Sarah A. Lucas, N. Wolfe St., Baltimore.

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) was also sunk during this same attack.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 19 Nov 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 155187597
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Thomas Lucas (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 155187597, citing Maryland National World War II Memorial, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Body lost at sea.