Clifton Cornelious Simmons

Clifton Cornelious Simmons

Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Lost at War, Specifically: Lost At Sea
Memorial ID 197622670 · View Source
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Clifton served as a Chief Mate, S.S. Paul Hamilton, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Staten Island, New York 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.

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

He was awarded the Mariner's Medal.

His remains were not recovered.

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) was also sunk in this attack with a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 17 Mar 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 197622670
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clifton Cornelious Simmons (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 197622670, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Lost at War, who reports a Lost At Sea.