James William Correll, Jr

James William Correll, Jr

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 14 Apr 1944 (aged 39)
At Sea
Burial Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Plot B, 794
Memorial ID 3263214 · View Source
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James served as a Seaman First Class, U.S. Navy, during World War II.

He resided in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina prior to the war.

Some records indicate that he was an Armed Guard on the Merchant Ship S.S. Paul Hamilton (227). However his date of passing conflicts with the date the Hamilton was sunk which was April 20, 1944. Possibly he was on board and passed away prior to the sinking of the Hamilton and his remains were put on another ship in the convoy .... or possibly they noted a wrong date of passing for him.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 8349479

He was originally interred in the El Alia Cemetery, Algiers, Algeria and was later repatriated here on June 9, 1948.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

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 3263214
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James William Correll, Jr (23 Aug 1904–14 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3263214, citing Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .