Vincent Gennaro Ezzo

Vincent Gennaro Ezzo

Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 19)
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Plot F, 4277
Memorial ID 2510228 · View Source
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Vincent served as a Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as an Armed Guard on the Merchant Ship S.S. Paul Hamilton (227).

He resided in Erie County, 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.

Vincent was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 8054813

Son of Mrs. Louise Ezzo of Depew, New York.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on June 16, 1948.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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In this same attack the U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) was sunk with a loss of Forty-seven officers and men and also the S.S. Royal Star was sunk with the loss of 1 crew member.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 2510228
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Vincent Gennaro Ezzo (17 Feb 1925–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2510228, citing Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .